Practicing Meditation is a Slam Dunk for Athletes

Mindfulness could give teams an edge during March MadnessIt’s March Madness. Time to fill out your brackets and cheer your team on to the Final Four. While picking a winner requires a little luck, picking teams that work on being mindful as well as practicing shooting, rebounding and defense may make a difference to  your results.

Diane Reibel, PhD, director of the Mindfulness Institute at the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine recently spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer about athletes using mindfulness meditation.

“Picture an athlete who missed the field goal. What does he do now? He could spend time beating himself up over it or say, ‘I’m human, I make mistakes, and I’ll do better next time,’” Reibel said.

Mindfulness can help athletes to avoid dwelling on the last play or mistakes and focus on what’s happening right now.

“Part of mindfulness is to learn to observe situations rather than automatically reacting to them,” Dr. Reibel told The Inquirer. She suggests that athletes who practice mindfulness can pause, recognize their emotions and focus on what’s going on now rather than getting lost dwelling on the past or contemplating the future.

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