In part one of this three-part post on burnout in youth sport, we talked about what exactly burnout is. Essentially, long lasting feelings of emotional and physical exhaustion, sport devaluation (not getting anything out it anymore) and reduced personal accomplishment (no sense of achievement). Here in part two, we’ll explore briefly explain some of the theories as to how and why burnout occurs.
So a little while ago, I wrote a piece about whether or not we deserve better from our sporting heroes. The long and short of it was that on what seems like too many occasions, coaches, parents, clubs, sports organisations, the media – pretty much anyone and everyone – do far too much to protect athletes because, hey, they’re really good at running and jumping and kicking and stuff.
This week, League One football club, Sheffield United, signed Marlon King on a deal until the end of this 2013/14 season. Now if you don’t know who Marlon King is