Professional Athletes Are Faced With Stressors On A Regular Basis And Athlete Burnout

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Junior athletes are faced with stressors on a regular basis and athlete burnout has become more popular amongst the junior athlete population. Common factors to this athlete burnout included different types of motivation, parental stress, and perfectionistic tendencies. The research study presented in Jowett, Hill, Hall, and Curran’s Perfectionism and Junior Athlete Burnout: The Mediating Role of Autonomous and Controlled Motivation focuses on the role of perfectionism in athlete burnout and how both internal and external pressures can hinder an athlete’s desire to compete. According to Jowett et. al., the study relied on “self-report measures” (57) in order to find the relationship between perfectionism, autonomous and controlled motivation, and burnout in junior athletes (56). At the conclusion of the study, the prediction of a positive correlation between “perfectionistic concerns” (56) and athlete burnout. It was additionally found that although autonomous motivation had a positive correlation with burnout, controlled motivation did not affect burnout rates. Athlete burnout is currently a very prevalent and respected topic in sports psychology. Many athletes have a strong passion for the sports they are involved in for a number of years, yet many of them decide to longer pursue their sport due to burnout. It has been a strange phenomenon because there are a variety of factors that can push an athlete to lose the passion that fuels their athletic dreams. This study tries…

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