Enhancing Resilience and Work Effort Through Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment Group Counseling in Professional Football Players


This study investigates the impact of Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment (MAC) group counseling on resilience and work effort in a cohort of 30 professional football players. Pre-test and post-test measures utilizing validated resilience and work effort scales were employed to assess changes in participants' psychological well-being and performance-related attributes. The intervention comprised 10 sessions of MAC group counseling, focusing on mindfulness-based practices, acceptance of thoughts and emotions, and commitment to personal values. The study aimed to explore whether the MAC group counseling could effectively enhance resilience and work effort in professional football players, given the unique stressors and demands associated with their high-performance careers. Results indicated a significant improvement in both resilience and work effort scores following the completion of the MAC group counseling. The findings suggest that the tailored intervention positively influenced participants' ability to bounce back from adversity and exert sustained effort towards their professional goals. The observed increase in resilience and work effort scores underscores the potential efficacy of mindfulness-based interventions in fostering mental resilience and optimizing performance outcomes in elite sports settings. This research contributes to the growing body of literature on mental health and performance enhancement strategies for athletes, particularly within the context of professional football. The implications of these findings extend beyond the field of sports psychology, emphasizing the relevance of mindfulness and acceptance-based approaches in promoting well-being and work-related outcomes in high-stakes, high-demand environments.

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Patipol Boonsue, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand
Sittipong Wattananonsakul, Srinakharinwirot University, Thailand

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Conference: ACP2024
Stream: General Psychology

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Boonsue P., & Wattananonsakul S. (2024) Enhancing Resilience and Work Effort Through Mindfulness-Acceptance-Commitment Group Counseling in Professional Football Players ISSN: 2187-4743 – The Asian Conference on Psychology & the Behavioral Sciences 2024 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2187-4743.2024.39
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2187-4743.2024.39

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