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Learning from sport burnout and overtraining

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Do you have experience of dedicated sport or fitness training – either as a participant, a coach or as a parent supporting your child? Are you interested to find out how some individuals may be adversely impacted by their commitment to training?

In this free course Learning from sport burnout and overtraining, you will meet a number of sports people who have become successful in their sport as a result of their dedication to training. You will also encounter others who have suffered psychologically and fallen out of love with their sport.

This ‘burnout’ may be caused by a range of different contributing factors that you will explore from different perspectives. In doing so, you will gain a deeper understanding of the physical and mental aspects of sport such as athletic identity, overtraining and perfectionism.

Throughout this course, you will study sports people who have experienced overtraining, which is often a pre-cursor to burnout, but who have successfully returned to later career success. By the end of the course you will also have a better understanding of your own work or training situation and the balance between physical and emotional stress and recovery.

The course is introduced by sport psychologist Kate Goodger. She is one of the most experienced performance psychologists in British Olympic sport having worked with athletes at seven Olympic Games and has researched burnout extensively.   

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