Heart rate variability in sport psychology: applications of the vagal tank theory. An applied workshop.

Sylvain Laborde, Emma Mosley

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    Heart rate variability (HRV) has recently gained a lot of attention in sport psychology. The reason for this is that it allows for non-invasive and cost-effective measurement of the activity within the parasympathetic nervous system regulating cardiac functioning, cardiac vagal activity. Based on a recent theoretical development with the vagal tank theory (Laborde, Mosley, & Mertgen, 2018b), this workshop will introduce how cardiac vagal activity can be used as an indicator for health, stress management, emotion regulation, and executive function, considering the 3Rs of cardiac vagal activity functioning: resting, reactivity, and recovery. Further, practical methodological recommendations will be presented (Laborde, Mosley, & Thayer, 2017), in order to get the most of HRV measurements in sports settings, taking into account the many factors that can influence HRV (Laborde, Mosley, & Mertgen, 2018a). Learning objectives: Participants will get first-hand experience of learning how to measure HRV with smartphone apps and ECG devices in different situations such as morning measurements, night measurements, preperformance routines, physical activity, post-training or post-competition recovery, psychosocial stress and relaxation methods. Further, they will also discover how to analyze and interpret the HRV data in Kubios software . All participants will be provided with the slides of the presentation, and those who volunteer to have their HRV measured will be provided with their HRV files at the end of the presentation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2019
    Event15th European Congress for Sport Psychology (FEPSAC) - Munster, Germany
    Duration: 15 Jul 201920 Sept 2019


    Conference15th European Congress for Sport Psychology (FEPSAC)


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