Performance Enhancement and Stress Reduction Using Biofeedback With Women Collegiate Volleyball Players
Authors: Cindy J. Tanis
Abstract: Biofeedback training prepares athletes for activities requiring concentration and motor coordination. It assists in controlling competition anxiety, which is necessary for quality performance (Rozman and Rosch, 2004). The purpose of this research was to investigate the effects of heart rhythm variability (HRV) biofeedback training with emotional regulation on the athletic performance of women collegiate volleyball players. Individual biofeedback training using Heart Math’s emWave® PC (1.0) was provided to 13 student-athletes during six weekly sessions. The emWave® PSR, a portable biofeedback device, was given to each player for independent self-regulation rehearsal. The quantitative results suggested the athletes recruited for this study were of high athletic caliber, but it did not support the intervention improved performance. However, the qualitative analysis revealed numerous benefits of the intervention including a reduction of physical and mental stress, and an enhancement of physical and mental states improving academic and athletic performance.