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Flotation REST as a Stress Reduction Method: The Effects on Anxiety, Muscle Tension, and Performance
Swedish Def Univ, Sweden; Karlstad Univ, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6570-5480
Karlstad Univ, Sweden; Karlstad Univ, Sweden; Norwegian Sch Sport Sci, Norway.
Umea Univ, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: JOURNAL OF CLINICAL SPORT PSYCHOLOGY, ISSN 1932-9261, Vol. 12, no 3, p. 333-346Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of the study was to investigate the influence of flotation REST upon skilled and less skilled golfers anxiety in terms of physiological indicators of stress, self-rated anxiety scores, muscle tension, and the effect on golf putting. Prior to performing the putting task participants underwent a treatment of flotation REST or a period of resting in an armchair. Participants completed both treatments in a randomized order with a two-week interval. The results showed that both flotation REST and the armchair treatment reduced systolic blood pressure and heart rate, with no differences between treatments or athlete skill levels. No significant differences between treatments were revealed regarding self-ratings, level of muscle tension or putting precision. The results indicate that flotation REST may be useful for reducing negative symptoms related to stress and anxiety in general; however, no support for direct positive effects on golf performance were found.

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HUMAN KINETICS PUBL INC , 2018. Vol. 12, no 3, p. 333-346
Keywords [en]
cognitive anxiety; electromyography; flotation REST; golf putting; somatic anxiety
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-151794DOI: 10.1123/jcsp.2017-0032ISI: 000444270200004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-151794DiVA, id: diva2:1253321
Available from: 2018-10-04 Created: 2018-10-04 Last updated: 2018-12-03

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