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Exercise Science | Sports Sciences


Trista Olson


Mindfulness meditation programs of long-term duration have been used by prior research as long-term meditation programs implemented for collegiate athletes. However, there was a lack of short-term based programs and the effects on exercise performance. PURPOSE: To examine the effect of short-term mindfulness meditation effect on exercise performance by examining the effects of mindfulness on strength, power, and endurance exercises. METHODS: Nine college individuals, ages of 20.7±1.0, who were physically active participated in this study. Participants completed pre- and post- exercises of hand grip, vertical jump for height, and plank hold for time. Participants were randomly assigned to either complete the mindfulness meditation or control at the first session. During the second testing session, participants completed the opposite intervention from the first testing session. A paired samples t-test was used to determine the significance of the mindfulness meditation intervention on the difference of pre- to post- measurements for control and intervention groups of the hand grip, vertical jump, and plank hold. RESULTS: There was no significant difference between the pre- to post- means of the control and intervention measurements for each exercise; hand grip (t=-2.01, p=0.79), vertical jump (t=-0.84, p=0.42), plank hold (t=-2.20, p=0.058). CONCLUSION: There was no significant effect of mindfulness meditation on a battery of muscular fitness in this study. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: This study received funding from the OURS grant from the College of Saint Benedict Experiential Learning department.