Building Emotional Resilience and Physical Stability Through Movement Therapy for Sports (MTS®): A Case for Applying MTS® as a Tool for Enhancing Athletic Performance Among Professional or Trained Athletes

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This article serves to highlight the potential role of Movement Therapy for Sports (MTS®) in addressing significant gaps in current athletic training methods. Movement Therapy for Sports is a training system, developed by the author, which, building on dance/movement therapy principles, identifies, analyses, and offers solutions for overcoming numerous physical, mental, and emotional barriers that impede effective movement. Engagement with MTS® is hypothesized to offer elite athletes in particular a means of transforming attitudes and improving sports performance.

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Acknowledgements

I would like to thank my parents (Meher & Khushru Patel), my family and friends for their support. Sincere thanks to David Alan Harris (BC-DMT) for his insightful suggestions and help provided during the editorial process. I am also grateful to Ruzbeh Gonda, Ivy Kaminsky, Adriel Brown, and the anonymous reviewers, for their helpful suggestions that improved the manuscript. Special thanks to my professors at the University of Houston, Clear Lake- Dr. Bill Amonette, PhD., Dr. Kirk English, Ph.D., Dr. John Dewitt, PhD., Dr. Gene Coleman, PhD. for their continued guidance. I am grateful to my mentors - Dr. Miriam Berger (BC-DMT), Judith Bunney (BC-DMT), Tricia Capello (BC-DMT), Tina Erfer (BC-DMT), Virginia Klein (BC-DMT), Susan Kier (BC-DMT), Nancy Allison (CMA), Chayya Khanvate, Shiamak Davar, John Gloster (PT), Monty Desai, Tarun Sardesai, Arzan Gonda, Usha Menon, Anne Umbreit and Travis Jones.

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Patel, D.K. Building Emotional Resilience and Physical Stability Through Movement Therapy for Sports (MTS®): A Case for Applying MTS® as a Tool for Enhancing Athletic Performance Among Professional or Trained Athletes. Am J Dance Ther 42, 256–276 (2020). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10465-020-09334-7

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Keywords

  • Movement therapy for sports (MTS®)
  • Laban movement analysis (LMA)
  • Dance/movement therapy (DMT)
  • Body–psyche–mind
  • Sports training
  • Sports psychology
  • Strength and conditioning
  • Sports performance