From critic to consumer: Evolving personal conceptions of EMDR applications in sport psychology
Initial responses of this presenter to EMDRIA years ago were not favorable. Now there is cautious optimism that the procedure is safe, valid, and effective. While multichannel EEG wave forms do not reveal a significant change in brain state before and after a bout of training, there may be more quantifiable measures with newer brain mapping procedures. Successful cases have been seen ranging from severely injured athletes fearful of return to competition to an obsessive/compulsive disorder involving exercise as the repetitive, problematic behavior. Ironically, the procedure itself is so routine that it probably is used unknowingly by some elite athletes who have developed preperformance routines that involve repetitive left/right motions or eye movement. Regardless of the function, process, and mechanism of action, it would appear that EMDR is a promising technique that can be applied effectively with athletes who have injury and/or performance breakdown
Original Work Citation
Sime, W. (1999). From critic to consumer: Evolving personal conceptions of EMDR applications in sport psychology. Symposium conducted at the annual conference of the Association of the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, Banff, AB
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