Mindfulness Coaching for the Young Athlete

 

What is Mindfulness?

Mindfulness is used by athletes, in healthcare fields, major companies, schools, and the military, and may be defined as purposely paying attention to one’s physical, mental, and emotional condition in the present moment, in a nonjudgmental manner. Mindfulness practices are believed to be able to help people better control their thoughts, rather than be controlled by them. 

Mindfulness Techniques

Mindfulness meditation is a popular tool, but mindfulness can be achieved without meditation. Breathing exercises, body scan meditations, and guided imagery are some mindfulness tools utilized. Mindfulness practices should also be integrated into daily activities as they develop.

How Can Mindfulness Help?

Mindfulness is often used by athletes and performing artists to help improve performance. Regular mindfulness practice is believed to help further psychological insight and contribute to emotional well-being over time. It is just one tool that can be used in conjunction with talk therapy and medication (if prescribed by your provider*). Mindfulness is also often incorporated into physical therapy and other therapeutic techniques as part of an integrated approach to treatment. 

What to Expect

You may have been referred for mindfulness coaching by your healthcare provider to complement your treatment plan. The number of sessions will be determined at your first appointment and will vary depending on your goals. You will be expected to practice the tools taught in between your sessions. You may self-refer for mindfulness coaching for performance improvement if your insurance company does not require a referral.
* Please note: Your mindfulness coach will not be providing any talk therapy or prescribing any medication. Those services will continue to be coordinated by your healthcare professional.

To make an appointment, call:

757-668-PLAY (7529)

Listen to Dr. Brenner’s Latest Podcast Episode:  Mindfulness (2/14/23)

Previous Podcast Episodes

September, 2022

  • “Should Kids Run Marathons.” Pediatric Sports Medicine Podcast. September 5, 2022. (Click to Listen)