Graduation Year


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts



Second Department

Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies

Faculty Advisor

Gary Senecal

Second Faculty Advisor

Christian Williams


Literature reveals that there is a direct effect of mindfulness and meditation on athletes at various levels in their career. The present study aims to explore the experience and perceptions of mindfulness and meditation on female collegiate club basketball players. A sample of 8 undergraduates at Assumption University completed daily guided mindfulness and meditation sessions via the Smiling Mind application. Simultaneously, they wrote journal entries expressing their thoughts. Participants were interviewed at the conclusion of the study. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data from the interviews and the journal entries finding two major themes, (1) mindful expressions and (2) barriers to engagement. For future research, a larger sample size with athletes playing at the collegiate varsity level should be used to ensure that the present study is representative of the population.

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