In 1984 Jon Kabat-Zinn trained the USA Olympic Men’s Rowing Team in mindfulness. They got a silver that year. The gold was won by Steve Redgrave and team – his first of 5. I wonder how many Olympians have had mindfulness training for these games?
Mindfulness is an essential tool for any athlete. Plenty of things pulling them away from the present moment – media pressure, the fear of failure, self doubt, living up to expectations, worrying about events that went wrong in the past and what might happen in the future. .the list is endless!