THE ROLE OF COGNITIVE-BEHAVIORAL THERAPY IN IMPROVING ATHLETES' PERFORMANCE: A SYSTEMATIC REVIEW WITH ADHERENCE TO PRISMA GUIDELINES

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Aqsa Shamim Ahmed
Ayesha Qudus
Asima Munawar
Rabia Karim
Umair Liaqat
Muhammad Farhan Tabassum

Keywords

CBT, Performance, PRISMA, Systematic Review, Athlete.

Abstract

This systematic review aimed to examine the role of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) in enhancing athletes' performance. A comprehensive search was conducted in electronic databases of PubMed, Medline and ScienceDirect, and relevant studies were selected based on predefined inclusion criteria. A total of 10 studies were included in this review, which varied in terms of intervention type, outcome measures, and study design. The results of this review suggested that CBT interventions can be effective in improving athletes' performance by addressing negative thoughts and behaviors related to sports performance, managing stress and anxiety, eating disorders and other psychological conditions by enhancing motivation, self-efficacy and self-regulation. Moreover, CBT interventions can be tailored to target specific areas of cognitive and behavioral functioning that are relevant to individual athletes' needs and goals. It can be concluded that CBT-based interventions are effective in enhancing the athletic performance. Future research should focus on developing and evaluating tailored, athlete-centered CBT interventions with standardized outcome measures to enhance the effectiveness of CBT in improving athletes' performance.

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