Mindfulness Meditation Increases Performance in Elite Shooters
Competition anxiety and stress can be detrimental to athletes in any sport. New research in The British Journal of Sports Medicine examined the practice of mindfulness meditation on pre-competition stress in elite shooters. Researchers evaluated 96 male elite air pistol shooters during a four-week period of mindfulness meditation practice. Measures of salivary cortisol were taken as a physiological marker of pre-competition stress. Researchers asserted that, "salivary cortisol reliably reflect levels of unbound cortisol in the blood, and raised levels of cortisol have been found to be associated with stress."