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Perfectionism and athlete burnout: Review, critique, and recommendations.

Madigan, Daniel J. (2019) Perfectionism and athlete burnout: Review, critique, and recommendations. In: 24th Annual Congress of European College of Sport Science (ECSS), 3 - 6 July 2019, Prague Congress Centre, Prague, Czech Republic.

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Abstract

Burnout syndrome is an extreme form of sport disaffection that can afflict athletes. It is comprised of three symptoms, namely, a reduced sense of accomplishment, sports devaluation, and physical and emotional exhaustion. Burnout is a relatively prevalent syndrome among athletes and is a significant threat to an athlete’s physical and mental health. To help prevent burnout, it is essential that sport and exercise scientists understand its aetiology. One factor that has been implicated in the development of burnout is perfectionism. Perfectionism is a complex multidimensional personality construct that broadly comprises high personal standards which are accompanied by overly critical evaluations of behaviour. Researchers have used cross-sectional, longitudinal, and meta-analytic techniques to examine the relationship between perfectionism and athlete burnout. In the present talk, I will summarise, discuss, and critique the past 10 years’ worth of research on this relationship. In doing so, I aim to provide athletes and coaches with essential information to help prevent burnout.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
School/Department: School of Sport
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/3967

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