Athlete burnout

Authored by: Ken Hodge , Göran Kenttä

Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  February  2016
Online publication date:  February  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138022423
eBook ISBN: 9781315777054
Adobe ISBN: 9781317692324

10.4324/9781315777054.ch16

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Abstract

I didn’t really want to play – no desire to play whatsoever, I didn’t want to turn up. [I would be] sitting there going ‘What am I doing here?’ … I started thinking about other things I could be doing, thinking about [travelling] overseas. … I found I was getting quite tired in games. I was … physically knackered [i.e., exhausted]. I’d turn up to play and be knackered in the warm up … Your mental attitude … it can cause a lot of lethargy and tiredness.

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