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Burnout can be described as a progressive loss of idealism, energy, and purpose or #1"an exhaustive psychophysical response to repeated unsuccessful efforts to meet the demands of training stress."

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Introduction. Burnout can be described as a progressive loss of idealism, energy, and purpose or #1"an exhaustive psychophysical response to repeated unsuccessful efforts to meet the demands of training stress." Silva (1990) In simple terms, when an athlete cannot cope with the demands of the training schedule he/she becomes tired and will simply become unable and unwilling to train. Each and every person however is more or less susceptible to burnout. People such as the children are likely to be more susceptible to burnout because they do not see the long-term benefits of good health and the extra demands placed on them by their coach can feel overwhelming. Causes of burnout. Burnout can be the result of many situations. In each sport or career there are different levels of stress and demands, so depending on the person or athlete's capability to cope with stress and demand reflects on the ability to deter burnout. Obviously there are other causes of burnout that can be avoided. A critical coach or manager who never gives the athlete any kind of structural feedback and provides no encouragement or appraisal can create an awkward atmosphere ...read more.


Burnout can express signs physically or mentally on the athlete and symptoms are usually quite obvious. The main symptoms of physical burnout are feelings of intense fatigue, and the immune system breaking down. Intense fatigue is simply becoming constantly tired and unable and reluctant to train. The immune breakdown is not severe it merely increases the susceptibility of the athlete to common colds and such like. Other symptoms are increased resting and exercise heart rate, increased presence of biochemical indicators of stress in the blood, insomnia, decrease in body weight, and a decrease in libido (sex drive) and appetite. Mental burnout more often than not is the most common and foremost reason why people experience burnout. Again there are many symptoms of mental burnout but there are a few that are more widespread. The false impression that the athlete is accomplishing less when they are actually improving is a severe case but is very frequent in mental burnout. A growing tendency to think negatively and the loss of sense of purpose and energy are also accomplices to mental burnout. ...read more.


You can avoid physical burnout by keeping the sport fun: intense, difficult training sessions that significantly improve technique should be mixed with lighter, enjoyable sessions that use these new skills to good advantage. Similarly, you can help avoid mental burnout by ensuring that the sport remains fun. As an athlete gets better at a sport, people will want more and more of their time and will rely on them to meet their demands also. An athlete must learn to say 'no' to too many commitments otherwise they will be in danger of burning out because they will become unhappy with the situation. Conclusion As we can see, the causes, the symptoms, and prevention of burnout in sport are many. So the question is asked 'is there any logic in participation?' The answer is both yes and no because different people have different opinions and different people are able to cope with different amounts of stress, pressures, etc. Burnout in sport is frequent so I personally think that prevention should be indefinitely increased as often as possible and the main way is to make is more and more exciting and fun. #2 "The involvement in sport must be fun otherwise there is no point in doing it". ...read more.

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