The core objective of project MINDFUL MUSCLES is to develop an innovative, strengths-based educational resource that will incorporate Mindfulness, Acceptance, Self-compassion, and Character strengths in clean sport education targeted to amateur and grassroots sport.

Our goal is to develop and evaluate self-administered, strengths-based educational resources for athletes (self-care/self-administered), and a relevant manual for practitioners to allow them to integrate MASC resources in their daily practice.


The specific aims of MINDFUL MUSCLES are to:

  • Identify best practices in evidence-based Mindfulness/Acceptance, Character Strengths, and Self-Compassion (MASC) interventions and contextualize them in anti-doping/clean sport education for recreational, amateur, and grassroots sport.
  • Develop and evaluate self-administered MASC resources for athletes with different doping experiences in recreational, amateur, and grassroots sport.3. Develop and evaluate MASC intervention guidelines for educators, healthcare professionals, and relevant stakeholders working in anti-doping and clean sport education, with an emphasis on both prevention and harm reduction.
  • Develop policy and practice recommendations for the incorporation of strengths-based approaches in the context of anti-doping/clean sport education.
  • Inspire research and application of strengths-based approaches in anti-doping/clean sport education.

AN international project

Project MINDFUL MUSCLES is led by Sheffield Hallam University, and implemented across 7 European countries (UK, Finland, Estonia, Netherlands, Serbia, Greece, and Portugal) by an international group of experts.

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interdisciplinary Community of Practice

Project MINDFUL MUSCLES also incorporates an interdisciplinary Community of Practice of Early Career Researchers conducting research in areas related to IPEDs use in sport and exercise settings. The Mindful Muscles Community of Practice aims to:

  • Connect early career researchers with fellow academics and researchers working in related areas or subjects.
  • Promote knowledge exchange and transfer about novel research ideas, methodologies, and data analytic procedures.
  • Advance scientific research in relation to IPED use, body image, and relevant psychological and educational interventions.
  • Improve the skills and competencies of early career researchers interested in publishing their work and pursuing research grants.