More and more young athletes are using mindfulness training to help them improve their overall performance in their sport. By starting meditation at a young age, athletes learn early how to train themselves to face difficult challenges and by using simple techniques including body scans and breath awareness, can find the courage to continue on in their training, improving their outcomes.
“How do you lose the most high-profile contest of your life and come out looking like the winner? There’s an app for that.”Aaron Gordon was a 20-year-old second-year player on the Orlando Magic when he became a sensation overnight among NBA fans. He thrilled NBA All-Stars and fans during the Slam Dunk Contest earlier this year at the Air Canada Centre, home to the Toronto Raptors and host of the NBA’s All-Star weekend. He ended up losing to the reigning champion Zach Lavine, but many fans thought he should have won. In fact, to some, he was the winner because of how well he handled the situation.”
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We were proud to be in the studio to produce and publish George Mumford’s The Mindful Athlete Audio Companion, quoted in the article. The preview below is a full 10-minute mindfulness practice courtesy of BetterListen!