A Synopsis of my Doctoral Dissertation: Adolescent Equestrienne Athletes’ Experiences of Mindfulness

The purpose of this research was to explore five female adolescent equestrian athletes’ experiences using mindfulness practices in competition. The equestrian athletes in this study all have a mindfulness practice that they employ to address stress and maintain focus when navigating complicated courses of obstacles. In this study, elite-level junior equestriennes were interviewed about their lives as competitive horsewomen in the hunter, jumper, and equitation fields as well as about their particular experiences utilizing a mindfulness practice in competition. Narrative analysis was used to explore the experiences described by the athletes. By focusing on the girls’ narratives about their mi

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