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Examining the effectiveness of an imagery intervention in enhancing athletes’ eudaimonic well-being

Despina Kouali, Craig Hall and Sarah Deck

Abstract

Objectives

The purpose of the present study was to examine the effectiveness of an imagery intervention on eudaimonic well-being (EWB) of soccer players using a single-subject multiple baseline design.

Methods

Five female varsity level soccer players (Mage=19.80, SD=1.64) participated in the study. Each athlete engaged in eight individual imagery sessions (i.e., intervention phase) aimed at increasing EWB.

Results

Visual and statistical analyses demonstrated a small increase on EWB for two participants. However, post-intervention interviews revealed that all the players believed the intervention was beneficial and had a positive impact on their EWB.

Conclusions

The utility of employing imagery interventions for enhancing athletes’ EWB in various contexts within and outside sport was highlighted.


Corresponding author: Despina Kouali, Western University, School of Kinesiology, 1151 Richmond Str., N6A 3K7 London, ON, Canada, E-mail:

  1. Research funding: None declared.

  2. Author contributions: All authors have accepted responsibility for the entire content of this manuscript and approved its submission.

  3. Competing interests: Authors state no conflict of interest.

  4. Informed consent: Informed consent was obtained from all individuals included in this study.

  5. Ethical approval: Research involving human subjects complied with all relevant national regulations, institutional policies and is in accordance with the tenets of the Helsinki Declaration (as revised in 2013), and has been approved by the authors’ Institutional Review Board (Western University Non-Medical Research Ethics Board, file number: 109271).

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Received: 2020-01-22
Accepted: 2020-10-13
Published Online: 2020-11-11

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