This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a brief mindfulness meditation or clinical hypnosis intervention for improving pain responses and stress reactivity in injured competitive athletes.

Additionally, the study aims to investigate potential psychological factors underlying the effects of these mind-body therapies.

Participation will take approximately 5 hours in total. Participants will be required to:

  1. Complete four 30-minute online surveys
  2. Complete 25 short daily online surveys for 25 days.
  3. Listen to five 20-minute sessions of a mind-body intervention across 5 consecutive days.

All components of this study can be done remotely from a location of the participant's choosing.


To be eligible for participation in this study, participants must:

  1. Currently have a sport or exercise-related injury that resulted in an average pain intensity greater than 3 on a 0-10 numerical rating scale in the past week, and for which the predicted recovery time at the point of study enrolment is greater than 5 weeks,
  2. Directly prior to their injury have competed at a level beyond recreational or casual participation (e.g., regional, national, or international competitions) and/or were a member of a competitive team or club.
  3. Be over the age of 18,
  4. Be fluent in English,
  5. Have access to the internet on a computer or smartphone and a set of earphones or headphones.

Register your interest

To enrol and assess eligibility, please visit the below link or contact Nicole Rickerby at:

Register your interest

This study has been approved by The University of Queensland Human Research Ethics Committee [Approval No. 2023/HE00360].