Coaching Athletics Quarterly
Wednesday, 21 March 2018 23:23

Nike Embraces Meditation For Pro Athletes With Headspace Partnership

Written by Jen Booton
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Training the mind is just as important as training the body. Oftentimes during a race the mind limits performance more than the body, so it'd be foolish to only work on physical and physiological aspects of training. Simultanesouly combining mental training with traditional running workouts might yield the best results, as it's during running that the running mind needs to be at its best. Enjoy reading about how Colleen Quigley and other elite athletes are beginning to incorporate mindfulness training...

Ahead of a recent race, mid-distance steeplechase runner Colleen Quigley was listening to a guided meditation led by Headspace cofounder Andy Puddicombe. Eyes closed, she took a deep breath and relaxed her shoulders as he talked about mental preparedness in a soothing voice through her smartphone. Moments later she lined up at the start and powerfully took off at the gun blast, feeling confident with her training and ample time spent visualizing what she needed to do to win.

Quigley, a runner from St. Louis, Missouri who trains on mindfulness at Nike’s facilities in Oregon, is among an increasing number of athletes using meditation as a supplement to their physical training.

Read the ret of the article at https://www.sporttechie.com/nike-embraces-meditation-pro-athletes-headspace-partnership/

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