Evaluating the efficacy of EMDR as an athletic performance enhancement intervention
Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) is traditionally regarded as a treatment for trauma; however, recent literature suggested that EMDR is also a promising athletic performance enhancement intervention. Sport psychology literature cited the need for scientifically sound research investigating new performance enhancement interventions. This study answered that call and sought to determine the validity of theories speculating about the efficacy of EMDR in sport. An internationally competitive cyclist participated in a case study investigating the efficacy of a unique EMDR protocol designed specifically for sport. The protocol integrated Resource Development and Installation, typically conducted during Phase 8, into Phase 2. Quantitative and qualitative results demonstrated that EMDR had a positive impact on measurable performance outcomes, performance anxiety, self-esteem, and motivation.
Original Work Citation
Gracheck, K. A. (2011). Evaluating the efficacy of EMDR as an athletic performance enhancement intervention. Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering, 72(2-B), 1203
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