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Exploring the Effects of a Single Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Workshop in Elite Blind Soccer Players

Wood, Andrew George, Barker, Jamie, TURNER, Martin and Thomson, Peter (2018) Exploring the Effects of a Single Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Workshop in Elite Blind Soccer Players. The Sport Psychologist. ISSN 1543-2793 (In Press)

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Research examining the effects of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) on athletic performance is emerging. There exists however, a paucity of research exploring psychological interventions within specialized sport populations. Our present study investigated the effects of a single REBT workshop, including intellectual and practical insight into the ABC(DE) framework on psychological, physiological, and performance markers within an elite blind soccer team. Using a within-participant pretest-posttest crossover design in an ecologically valid setting, data indicated small and immediate reductions in irrational beliefs, perceived helpfulness of pre-performance anxiety, and physiological markers (i.e., Systolic Blood Pressure) prior to a penalty-kick simulation. However, no substantial changes were shown in penalty-kick performance. In sum, although the findings elucidate some benefits of a single REBT workshop, the educational insight into the ABC(DE) framework was deemed insufficient for meaningful changes in outcome measures. Practical implications and recommendations for future researchers are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from The Sport Psychologist, 2018 (ahead of print). © Human Kinetics, Inc.
Faculty: School of Life Sciences and Education > Sport and Exercise
Depositing User: Andrew WOOD
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2018 15:33
Last Modified: 26 Sep 2018 15:33
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/4759

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