Slow paced breathing has been shown to have many beneficial effects for the management of stress and coping in both mainstream psychology (i.e. Wells, Outhred, Heathers & Haddon, 2012) and sport psychology (i.e. Paul and Garg 2012). A recent case study utilizing this intervention approach in elite sport resulted in increased subjective feelings of optimal performance during competition (Gross et al., 2017). The mechanisms of slow breathing, when controlled at a particular frequency (6 cycles per minute), stimulate the resonant frequency, a phenomena which couples respiratory and cardiovascular systems (Lehrer 2013). This increases cardiac vagal activity, the activity within the vagus nerve indexed through heart rate variability, which has been shown to have many benefits for adaptation under demand (Thayer, Hansen, Saus-Rose, & Johnsen, 2009; Porges 1992). Which makes slow paced breathing a useful and worthwhile intervention to use with athletes. However, the manner of delivery and specifics of these interventions at a case study level is somewhat limited within elite sport. The current case study covers the discovery of breathing rate in line with the resonant frequency, the period of breathing training and testing the ability to breathe at the set rate. Furthermore, the application of the intervention within sport specific scenarios is discussed along with practical ideas for the implementation of slow paced breathing with athletes. The case study concludes with results from both objective and subjective accounts from the athlete.
|Publication status||Published - 2019|
|Event||15th European Congress for Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) - Munster, Germany|
Duration: 15 Jul 2019 → 20 Sep 2019
|Conference||15th European Congress for Sport Psychology (FEPSAC)|
|Period||15/07/19 → 20/09/19|