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Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine

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Acupuncture decreases competitive anxiety prior to a competition in young athletes: a randomized controlled trial pilot study

Sahar Zarei / Monir Shayestehfar / Amir-Hossein Memari / Tohid SeifBarghi / Vahid Sobhani
Published Online: 2017-02-14 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2015-0085

Abstract

Background

Although a certain level of competitive anxiety may increase performance, many athletes with anxiety experience uncontrolled negative feelings and cognition that in turn can have overwhelming effects on their performance.

Methods

We aimed to assess the effect of acupuncture on competitive anxiety of the adolescent football players prior to the competition using psychological and physiological markers. A total of 30 athletes were randomly and equally allocated to either acupuncture or sham control group.

Results

The results of t-test on posttest scores showed that acupuncture had a significant effect on cognitive anxiety (p=0.001) and somatic anxiety (p<0.001) but not self-confidence (p>0.05). Furthermore, the results showed that acupuncture significantly decreased the skin conductance in acupuncture group compared to sham group (p=0.006) (p<0.001).

Conclusions

In conclusion, the results suggested that acupuncture has the capacity to decrease cognitive and somatic anxiety prior to competition in adolescent athletes while this was accompanied by significant physiological changes.

Keywords: alternative medicine; anxiolytic effect; football; heart rate; skin conductance

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About the article

Received: 2015-10-03

Accepted: 2016-08-16

Published Online: 2017-02-14


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

Research funding: The study was supported by Tehran University of Medical Sciences; grant number: 10509.

Employment or leadership: None declared.

Honorarium: The authors received no honorarium.

Competing interests: The funding organization(s) played no role in the study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; or in the decision to submit the report for publication.


Citation Information: Journal of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, ISSN (Online) 1553-3840, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/jcim-2015-0085.

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