5 MINDSET TECHNIQUES TO AVOID BURNOUT IN YOUTH SPORTS
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Lack of motivation, fun and desire to compete. The feeling of burnout is one that all of us have experienced sometime. Athlete burnout is defined as physical or emotional exhaustion, along with reduced sports performance and valuation of work.
Statistics show that the rate of youth athletes who dropout increases significantly in middle and high school. Resolving the increasing rate of sports dropout is necessary to keep up fitness in youths.
Studies show that there are three main reasons why athletes experience burnout:
High physical and mental stress caused due to a higher expectation to practice, perform, and win.
Investing high amounts of time and effort into sports but not receiving any enjoyment from playing in that sport.
Athletes feeling powerless in their sport. This is especially prominent in youth sports, where the high amount of organization required in youth sports leads to young athletes feeling like they're losing control over their sport and their time.
Noticing these traits in athletes can mean that you are better equipped to deal with their burnout. Some techniques include the following:
1. Expand Sport Exposure
Athletes can branch out into other sports, or seek off season tournaments with a different rule set. A change of athletic environment coupled with excitement from a new sport can help them take back control and reduce burnout.
2. Goal Visualization Is the Key
Athletes can also practice relaxation and mental toughness strategies such as goal visualization and stress management, to break through their burnout.
3. Play Freely
Removing some external pressures off their backs can also be very helpful. Increased participation and control over their game can give them a feeling of empowerment. For youth athletes, giving children increased input on how and whether they want to play can decrease their feeling of burnout.
4. Balance It
They can also try reevaluating their priorities and their outlook on their work. Once they figure out where their true priorities lie in their work and their sport, they can perform better both mentally and physically
5. Self-Confidence Matters
Increasing athletes’ self-confidence in their performance and contribution to their team can also allow them to break their burnout as they see their performance in a more positive way
Lastly, sports relate a lot to social endeavor. Increased social support and boosting team morale can encourage athletes to perform better as part of a team.
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