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Reducing burnout in athletes

Madigan, Daniel J. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-9937-1818, Gustafsson, Henrik and Olsson, Luke ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-4705-6437 (2023) Reducing burnout in athletes. In: Nixdorf, Insa, Beckmann, Jurgen, MacIntyre, Tadhg, Martin, Scott and Nixdorf, Raphael, (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Mental Health in Elite Sport. Routledge, pp. 177-187

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Burnout has never been more relevant. This is especially the case for athletes, who train and compete under extreme and, it would appear, increasing levels of stress (e.g., Lopes Dos Santos et al., 2020). For example, the significant challenges and disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, such as training in quarantine, restricted access to facilities, and the uncertainty of rescheduled competitive seasons, may have drastically accelerated the risk that athletes will develop burnout (e.g., Spagnoli et al., 2021). Unsurprisingly, these issues pose a significant challenge for those working with athletes (e.g., Schinke et al., 2020). As noted previously (e.g., Madigan et al., 2021), however, there is a limited evidence base in sport from which to make applied recommendations. Consequently, in the present chapter, given the much larger body of evidence, we provide a review of research that has examined the efficacy of interventions in reducing burnout outside of sport. Based on the findings of this review, we provide suggestions for how practitioners might reduce burnout in athletes. But first we introduce athlete burnout. This includes providing a definition and description of burnout, details of how to measure burnout, models outlining the development of burnout, and an overview of the consequences of burnout for athletes, before moving on to our review.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Routledge Handbook of Mental Health in Elite Sport on 03/04/2023 available online: https://www.routledge.com/Routledge-Handbook-of-Mental-Health-in-Elite-Sport/Nixdorf-Nixdorf-Beckmann-Martin-Macintyre/p/book/9780367567866
Status: Published
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
School/Department: School of Science, Technology and Health
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/7348

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