6 What can you learn from burnout?
Burnout is often associated with the darker side of sport and exercise, yet the reason you can learn so much from burnout is twofold:
- One of the best strategies to prevent burnout is to understand its conceptual opposite: thriving or engagement in sport environments. You will therefore explore not only the negative aspects of burnout but also how positive experiences of sport can be created. Organisations such as the English Institute of Sport (EIS) do just this, they educate coaches in how to support engagement, well-being and the thriving of their athletes.
- As burnout is a common professional experience for many, including coaches, understanding the process will help you to develop strategies to counter its occurrence. These include personal management and awareness of environmental influences of burnout.