Mindfulness mediates the relationship between mental toughness and pain catastrophizing in cyclists

Martin I. Jones, John K. Parker

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the direction and magnitude of the relationship between mental toughness and pain catastrophizing and to explore whether mindfulness mediated this relationship. The design of the study was cross-sectional using self-report data. We recruited 142 recreational cyclists (female = 32) via online cycling forums. We asked participants to complete measures of mental toughness, dispositional mindfulness, and pain catastrophizing. Following the initial screening of data and the identification of non-normality and outliers, we calculated robust correlations and regressions to examine the size and direction of effects. Results revealed that mindfulness partially mediated a moderate negative relationship between mental toughness and pain catastrophizing. These results are consistent with prior theory regarding positive traits and their negative association with pain catastrophizing. Unique contributions included showing that mental toughness and mindfulness are positively associated and that mindfulness is negatively associated with pain catastrophizing in this sample of cyclists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)872-881
Number of pages10
JournalEuropean Journal of Sport Science
Volume18
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Psychology
  • endurance
  • performance
  • stress

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