Graduation Year


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Human Biology

Reader 1

Brian Duistermars

Reader 2

Pete Chandrangsu


The purpose of this research paper is to demonstrate how the relationship between mental and physical health indicates the importance of focusing on both in the recovery process, especially for injured athletes. Numerous studies have shown that during the recovery process, athletes commonly experience anxiety, stress, depression, frustration, loss of motivation, loss of confidence, and pain; these negative thoughts can be reduced by mindfulness practices, such as Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT). The findings demonstrated how an injured athlete can have a more effective and rapid recovery by incorporating mindfulness, acceptance, commitment, social support from coaches, and physical therapy in their daily lives. In order to prevent injury recurrence and improve the efficacy of rehabilitation, this research paper suggests that injured athletes utilize other mindfulness-based treatments in conjunction with physical therapy, such as ACT.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.