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Injury and burnout in Australian athletes

Grylls, Elizabeth and Spittle, Michael 2008, Injury and burnout in Australian athletes, Perceptual and motor skills, vol. 107, pp. 873-880.

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Title Injury and burnout in Australian athletes
Author(s) Grylls, Elizabeth
Spittle, Michael
Journal name Perceptual and motor skills
Volume number 107
Start page 873
End page 880
Publisher Ammons Scientific Ltd.
Place of publication Missoula, Mont.
Publication date 2008-12
ISSN 0031-5125
Summary The relationship between injury and burnout in a sample of 264 local to international Australian athletes (124 men and 140 women) was studied. Injury can be a stressful experience for athletes; coupled with the demands of rehabilitation, it could increase feelings of burnout. Experiencing more than one injury could have a cumulative effect on feelings of burnout. Alternatively, for some athletes the break from training or competing caused by an injury could alleviate burnout symptoms. Participants completed a demographic questionnaire and a modified version of the Maslach Burnout Inventory. Independent sample t tests indicated that currently injured athletes (n = 150) had significantly lower mean Burnout scores than currently uninjured athletes (n = 113). Small, but statistically significant, positive correlations were found between number of injuries and Burnout scores. Possible explanations are that injury provides a temporary break from intense sporting involvement and, thus, lower scores on Burnout, but multiple injuries might have a cumulative effect on burnout.
Language eng
Field of Research 110602 Exercise Physiology
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, Ammons Scientific
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