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Exploring the effects of a single rational emotive behavior therapy workshop in elite blind soccer players

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posted on 11.10.2018, 13:19 by Andrew G. Wood, Jamie BarkerJamie Barker, Martin J. Turner, Peter Thomson
Research examining the effects of Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) on athletic performance is emerging. There exists however, a paucity of research exploring psychological interventions within specialized sport populations. Our present study investigated the effects of a single REBT workshop, including intellectual and practical insight into the ABC(DE) framework on psychological, physiological, and performance markers within an elite blind soccer team. Using a within-participant pretest-posttest crossover design in an ecologically valid setting, data indicated small and immediate reductions in irrational beliefs, perceived helpfulness of pre-performance anxiety, and physiological markers (i.e., Systolic Blood Pressure) prior to a penalty-kick simulation. However, no substantial changes were shown in penalty-kick performance. In sum, although the findings elucidate some benefits of a single REBT workshop, the educational insight into the ABC(DE) framework was deemed insufficient for meaningful changes in outcome measures. Practical implications and recommendations for future researchers are discussed.



  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

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The Sport Psychologist


WOOD, A.G. ... et al, 2018. Exploring the effects of a single rational emotive behavior therapy workshop in elite blind soccer players. The Sport Psychologist, 32 (4), pp.321-332.


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Accepted author manuscript version reprinted, by permission, from The Sport Psychologist, 2018, 32 (4): pp.321-332, © Human Kinetics, Inc.