Date of Award

Spring 5-16-2020

Document Type


Degree Name

MA - Master of Arts


Expressive Therapies


Tamar Hadar


This thesis investigates the experience of sports-related injury in elite competitive athletes, and the roles and impact of traditional psychological coping and prevention strategies, compared to the approaches of mindfulness and various art-based interventions in the treatment of sports-related injury for competitive athletes. Literature revealed that current treatments for injured athletes in elite sport and competition more often incorporate aspects of goal-setting, guided imagery, and relaxation rather than mindfulness or art-based interventions. However, research is lacking significantly with regards to the use of mindfulness and art-based intervention as a combined methodology in helping athletes cope with a sports injury and the rehabilitation process. The aim of this research is to use the findings gathered from the review of literature to improve and increase awareness concerning the use of mindfulness and art-based interventions together in the treatment of this population, and with the intention that more research and interventions will be conducted in the future.

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