The process of burnout: A multiple case study of three elite endurance athletes
2007 (English)In: International Journal of Sport Psychology, ISSN 0047-0767, Vol. 38, no 4, 388-416 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this study was to gain a better understanding of the process of burning out in endurance athletes. The experiences of three elite cross-country skiers who left Their sport due to burnout were explored. Semi-structured interviews were conducted and inductively analyzed. The Athlete Burnout Questionnaire and training logs were used to validate the interviews and to enrich the analysis. The burnout process was found to evolve with different severity and time perspectives in the three cases. Athletic identity and achievement strivings to validate self-esteem were found to be important driving forces in the burnout process. Also, chronic lack of mental and physical recovery as well as early skiing success leading to high expectations comprised common themes in the burnout process.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2007. Vol. 38, no 4, 388-416 p.
athletic identity, motivation, overtraining, training, self-esteem
Sport and Fitness Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55259ISI: 000252520000004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-55259DiVA: diva2:406623
authorCount :52011-03-282011-03-072011-03-28Bibliographically approved