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The Power of Mindfulness

Mindfulness Meditation Training in Sport (MMTS)


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. An Introduction to Mindfulness and Sport

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Amy Baltzell, Joshua Summers
      Pages 11-16
    3. Amy Baltzell, Joshua Summers
      Pages 17-22
  3. Mindful Meditation Training for Sport (MMTS) 2.0

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 23-23
    2. Amy Baltzell, Joshua Summers
      Pages 25-31
    3. Amy Baltzell, Joshua Summers
      Pages 33-43
    4. Amy Baltzell, Joshua Summers
      Pages 53-62
    5. Amy Baltzell, Joshua Summers
      Pages 63-75
    6. Amy Baltzell, Joshua Summers
      Pages 77-86
    7. Amy Baltzell, Joshua Summers
      Pages 87-98
    8. Amy Baltzell, Joshua Summers
      Pages 99-106
    9. Amy Baltzell, Joshua Summers
      Pages 107-114
  4. Research and Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. Amy Baltzell, Joshua Summers
      Pages 131-151
    3. Amy Baltzell, Joshua Summers
      Pages 153-161
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 163-196

About this book


This book offers both sport psychology practitioners and sport athletes a clear understanding of mindfulness to help athletes optimize sport performance. It provides a clear insight how sport athletes can learn to increase their ability to concentrate, be fully present during high pressure competition and how to effectively respond to distracting thoughts and emotions (e.g. performance anxiety; dread). The strategies offered in the chapters are based on Mindfulness Meditation Training for Sport (MMTS), an empirically supported mindfulness intervention for sport, which was created by the authors. MMTS has been adopted internationally by practicing sport psychologists – used with collegiate, club, and Olympic teams. Through offering a clear explanation of mindfulness and self-compassion (an essential element of MMTS), brief mindfulness based practices, and consistently offering how such practices link to performance – the reader learns to implement all of MMTS or elements of MMTS to help the increase their ability to focus, cope with difficult emotions, and perform their best when it matters.


Understanding of Mindfulness Mindfulness and Sport Permance Mindfulness-of-Breath Mediation Practice Mindfulness Meditation Training in Sport (MMTS) Concentration and Optimal Sport Permance Mindfulness Practice in Sport De-activate Patterns of Emotional Response Self-Compassion and Sport Performance Strenthen Attentional Control Negative Mind State Fire-drill Body Awareness and Self-Regulation Power of Core Values Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Mindfulness in Sport Performance and Flow Future of Mindfulness in Sport

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Counseling Psychology and Applied Human DevelopmentBoston UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.BostonUSA

About the authors

Amy Baltzell is the Director of the Sport Psychology Specialization at Boston University within the Counselling Program. She earned a doctorate in Counselling Psychology, specializing in Sport Psychology, is an AASP (Association for Applied Sport Psychology) Certified Consultant, and a psychologist. She teaches a graduate course at Boston University on Mindfulness and Performance along with a range of courses in Sport Psychology. In the Spring of 2006, she taught the first Sport Psychology course offered at Harvard University. She also teaches courses in Positive Psychology, which she created. She is the author (2011) of Living in the Sweet Spot: Preparing for Performance in Sport and Life.  She most recently edited a book, Mindfulness and Performance (2016) with Cambridge University Press. She has extensive experience personally and professionally in the area of preparation for competition. As a sport psychologist she has a private consulting practice in which she has been providing one-on-one sport psychology services to collegiate, Olympic level, and professional athletes. She also provides educational workshops and talks to coaches, sport teams, and clubs. She was a member of the 1989–1991 U.S. National Rowing Teams, the 1992 US Olympic Rowing Team, and the 1995 America's Cup All-Women's Sailing Team, A3.  She served as the Head Varsity lightweight rowing coach (1998-99) at Harvard University.

Joshua Summers is founder of Sati Solutions, a mindfulness-based consultancy in Boston, MA. For twenty years, Joshua has trained extensively in yoga and mindfulness meditation both in Asia and the United States, with two months of intensive training in a Burmese monastery. He now teaches yoga and meditation internationally and consults with performers and athletes on mindfulness skill-sets for optimal performance. Joshua also holds a masters degree in Oriental Medicine and has a private acupuncture practice in Boston, MA. He earned his BA from Columbia University.

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