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Learning from sport burnout and overtraining
Learning from sport burnout and overtraining

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Session 1


Activity 2: Burnout in professional sport Jonathan Trott: Burnout Sky Sports 1; reviewed by Darren Britton

Activity 6: Gould, D., Udry, E., Tuffey, S., & Loehr, J. (1997). Burnout in competitive junior tennis players: III. Individual differences in the burnout experience. The sport psychologist, 11(3), 257-276.


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Video 1: The British Psychological Society; Professor D R Gould

Session 2


Activity 4: adapted from Gustafsson (2017); Eklund and Defreese (2017)


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Audio 1: BBC Radio 5 Live; Elinor Barker joins Eleanor Oldroyd; 05 January 2018

Session 3


Activity 1: Gustafsson, H., Hassmén, P., Kenttä, G., & Johansson, M. (2008). A qualitative analysis of burnout in elite Swedish athletes. Psychology of sport and exercise, 9(6), 800-816.


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Figure 2: courtesy of Steve Magness

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Audio 1: courtesy of Scott Barry Kaufman

Session 4


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Figure 4: courtesy of English Institute of Sport


Video 1: Christina Maslach, PhD, discusses “Burnout: An Overview”;

Video 2: courtesy of 33Shake

Audio 1: BBC World Service: Sportshour

Audio 2: BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Special

Session 5


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Audio 1: BBC Radio 5 Live: Victoria Pendleton - Mind of a Cyclist

Video 2: courtesy of Athlete Assessments;

Video 3: courtesy of Rugby Players Association; part of the Rugby Players Association’s ‘Lift the Weight’ mental health campaign

Session 6


Activity 3: McNeill, K., Durand-Bush, N., & Lemyre, P. N. (2017). Understanding coach burnout and underlying emotions: a narrative approach. Sports Coaching Review, 6(2), 179-196.

Activity 5: McNeill, K., Durand-Bush, N., & Lemyre, P. N. (2017). Understanding coach burnout and underlying emotions: a narrative approach. Sports Coaching Review, 6(2), 179-196.


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Audio 1: CiC-EAP;

Audio 2: courtesy of Midday-WNYC-Radio

Session 7


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Figures 2 and 3: courtesy of YLM Sports Science; ylmsportscience-app/

Figure 4: courtesy of Innerdrive;


Video 1: courtesy of Cody Franz

Video 2: courtesy of the University of Birmingham and Dr. Eleanor Quested

Video 3: courtesy of Sport Parent EU;

Video 4: courtesy of Sport Nova Scotia

Video 5: courtesy of Athletes Connected; Regents of the University of Michigan

Session 8


Activity 3: Psychology Today; Self-Compassion Counterbalances Maladaptive Perfectionism; Christopher Bergland


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Figure 9: courtesy RSA 'Brené Brown on Empathy' The RSA, licenses/ by-nc-nd/ 2.0/ uk/

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This free course was written by Ben Oakley. It was first published in July 2019.

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