Efficacy of Progressive Muscle Relaxation at Reducing Negative Stress and Anxiety in College Athletes


Justin Baird, Fernando Gutierrez, Dylan Hengst, Samantha Wielenga
Mentor: Dr. Jennifer Rogers
Department of Kinesiology: Athletic Training

There is an established link between increased psychological stress and anxiety and an increase in the occurrence of athletic injuries. Research has shown that relaxation techniques are effective at reducing psychological stress and anxiety. Progressive Muscle Relaxation (PMR) is one such relaxation technique. Studies have been done examining the effectiveness of PMR but limited research has been performed with a focus on an athletic population. The purpose of this study was to examine the effectiveness of PMR at reducing cognitive stress and anxiety in a population of student athletes. We hypothesized that weekly PMR interventions would be effective in reducing psychological stress and anxiety.