Effects of a cognitive behavioural intervention on stress, recovery and performance

West, J. and Galambos, S. A. and Terry, Peter C. and Hooper, S. (2007) Effects of a cognitive behavioural intervention on stress, recovery and performance. Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, 10 (Supple). p. 105. ISSN 1440-2440

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The conditioning of athletes may be described as a multi-level (psycho-socio-physiological) interaction of stress and recovery events that stimulate change in performance. Cognitive Behavioural Stress Management (CBSM) has previously demonstrated favourable changes in psychological and biological stress indicators, consistent with reductions in sports injury, and accelerated recovery following surgery. However, the effects of CBSM on the conditioning process (including the interactions of stress, recovery and performance change) remain speculative. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of a time-limited, athlete-focused, CBSM program on the conditioning process through a longitudinal intervention-control, matched-pairs assessment of stress, recovery and performance indicators. Thirty-two Collegiate rowers (mean = 20.0 years, range 18 - 29 years) preparing for the 2007Australian Rowing Championships were recruited and stratified into 16 intervention-control matched pairs. The study duration spanned 17 weeks of the 2006/2007 domestic rowing season, including one week of baseline assessment, three weeks of CBSM intervention implementation and 13 weeks follow-up. The intervention consisted of six 1-hour CBSM training sessions over three weeks, which included instruction on the regular use of CBSM methods in response to daily stressors. The measurement of biological stress was achieved via weekly determinations of salivary cortisol, whereas perceived measures of stress, recovery and performance readiness were primarily obtained through completion of the Recovery Stress Questionnaire for Athletes. Rowing performance was also assessed using the time to complete a maximal 2000 meter ergometer time-trial at regular intervals across the season. Primary data analysis will assess the change in stress, recovery and performance measures between groups over time.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Abstract of paper presented at 2007 Annual Conference of Sports Medicine Australia.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 13 May 2010 02:54
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:07
Uncontrolled Keywords: cognitive behvaioural intervention; stress; recovery; performance
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4416

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