If You're Reading This, Release the Tension in Your Shoulders: A Study of Progressive Muscle Relaxation and Anxiety Relief For Injury Prevention in Athletes
Master of Science in Education
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Partridge, Julie A.
The goal of this paper was to examine the impact of progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) training in practice and athletic training sessions. PMR training as a way of decreasing anxiety and increasing readiness to play was examined in a sample of female collegiate soccer players. The specific hypothesis examined was that athletes who participated in long-term PMR training would report lower levels of cognitive and somatic anxiety and increased readiness to play compared to the control group. Participants were assessed on readiness to play and both cognitive/somatic anxiety using surveys previously found to determine these states of being. The surveys used were the Competitive State Anxiety Inventory-2 (CSAI-2) (Lundqvist & Hassmén, 2006) and the Return to Sport After Serious Injury (RSASI) (Podlog & Eklund, 2005). A repeated measures MANOVA analysis was used to compare pre- and post-test scores for experimental and control groups.