A Mental Performance Protocol Developed for a Four-Person Endurance Team: Rowing the Atlantic Ocean

Date of Award


Document Type

Doctoral Research Paper

Degree Name



Graduate School of Professional Psychology

First Advisor

Artur Poczwardowski, Ph.D., CMPC, ISSP-R

Second Advisor

Jennifer Cornish, Ph.D., ABPP

Third Advisor

Trey Cole, Psy.D., ABPP


Human performance, Isolated confined and extreme (ICE) environments, Mental performance protocol, Mental performance domains

Publication Statement

Copyright is held by the author. Permanently suppressed.


Humans have set out on adventures that test their physical and psychological limits for centuries. Recent empirical data, however, has not kept pace with human performance endeavors in extreme environments. This manual is an overview of the mental performance protocol developed for a four-person rowing team entering an endurance competition in an isolated, confined, and extreme environment (ICE). This manual illustrates interventions that were executed to address the mental aspect of preparing for an endurance race in an ICE environment. Six mental performance domains were selected to maximize the task of rowing the Atlantic Ocean. A self-assessed performance measure was created for individual team members to reflect on their perceived efficiency and track their individual progress. The design of this performance-based protocol is intended to be explicit, accessible, and replicable for future research endeavors. Modifications to this initial framework are expected and encouraged. The limitations of the current protocol as well as future research options are discussed.


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