Mindfulness In George Mumford

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Although many have not heard his name, George Mumford was the mastermind behind some of the NBA’s biggest moments. Although fans of the NBA (National Basketball Association) can recall the league's most exciting plays, many fail to see how Mumford’s lessons on mindfulness behind the scenes made them possible. Growing up George Mumford had the identical dream of thousands of kids across the United States; to play in the NBA. Unfortunately, he struggled with back problems early on in his college career, and later fought with alcohol addiction. These struggles forced Mumford to make his mark in the NBA in a different way. He started to study the concept of mindfulness under Jon Kabat-Zinn, a professor of medicine and stress reduction, and soon…show more content…
Anxiety can be defined as worries or fears for the future and these fears can cause both physiological and physical effects on the body’s of athletes. Neurotransmitters are chemicals in the brain responsible for transferring information. If there is an imbalance in these neurotransmitters, often caused by anxiety, the human body cannot function to its full potential. Mindfulness practices assist the brain to reinstate an optimal balance of neurotransmitters. Changing the physical chemicals in your brain, mindfulness provides a safe, non-medicinal way to improve overall health. For example, people who struggle with anxiety and stress can experience physical symptoms such a nausea, lightheadedness and increase heart rate. In a dangerous situation, increased heart rate makes it easier for our bodies to take action however, in the long term, increased heart rate can result in an escalated chance of cardiovascular diseases. Another long term illnesses that can be prevented or slowed using mindfulness is Alzheimer’s. Alzheimer’s disease causes disorientation, and memory loss and is typically found in elders. Studies have shown that by practicing mindfulness daily, the progression of the illness can be significantly halted. Furthermore mindfulness practices increases blood flow to the brain and enhances neuroplasticity; the ability of the brain to form and reorganize synaptic connections. An example of the connection between mindfulness and physical health is Kobe Bryant. Bryant holds the record for second most NBA seasons played. After twenty healthy years in the NBA, Bryant credits Mumford with “helping him understand the art of mindfulness.” It is clear that along with its physiological benefits, mindfulness can help reduce physical illness among athletes, giving them a finer chance at injury recovery and lengthening their
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