Desperate to quit: a narrative analysis of burnout and recovery in high-performance sports coaching

OLUSOGA, Peter and KENTTA, Goran (2017). Desperate to quit: a narrative analysis of burnout and recovery in high-performance sports coaching. The Sport Psychologist, 31 (3), 237-248.

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This study investigated how the experiences of two elite coaches' contributed to and shaped 4 their stories of burnout and withdrawal from high performance coaching. The coaches whose 5 narratives we explore were both middle-aged head coaches, one in a major team sport at the 6 highest club level, and one in an individual Olympic sport at international level. Through a 7 thematic narrative analysis, based on in-depth interviews, the stories of the two coaches are 8 presented in four distinct sections: antecedents, experiences of coaching with burnout 9 symptoms, withdrawal from sport, and the process of recovery and personal growth. These 10 narratives have implications for high performance coaching, such as the importance of role 11 clarity, work-home inference, counselling, mentoring, and social support as means to 12 facilitate recovery, and the need for additional research with coaches who have left sport, to 13 gain a more comprehensive understanding of the complete burnout-recovery process

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Applied Psychology
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Centre for Sport and Exercise Science
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Page Range: 237-248
Depositing User: Amanda Keeling
Date Deposited: 14 Feb 2017 10:33
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 04:03

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