Burnout: factors influencing adolescent athletes
Toh, Zhi Hong
Date of Issue2017-04-13
National Institute of Education
Background: The number of children and adolescents engaging in organized or recreational sports has been increasing over the years. This increase in participation will inadvertently bring about an accompanying increase in burnout syndrome in these athletes. By definition, burnout is a syndrome that compromises the following: emotional/physical exhaustion, reduced sense of accomplishment, and sport devaluation. To date, there are limited studies that investigate burnout syndrome in adolescent athletes, specifically the peer-to-peer interactions that contribute to it. Purpose: To understand the factors contributing to the physical and psychological effect on athletes, and to identify a gap in the existing literature explaining peer-to-peer interactions leading to burnout. Results: Low weekly training hours, higher perceived stress and intra-team conflict peer climate perception scores, and lower improvement, relatedness support and effort peer climate perception scores associate with higher scores on all burnout components. Also, perceived support availability is found to be inversely associated with burnout. Conclusion: Social interactions with teammates play a significant role in shaping burnout perceptions as well as self-determined motivation in sport, regardless of the received support.
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