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Sports Psychology: Tips For Avoiding Burn Out In Young Athletes

Posted by: Dr. Granat on March 19, 2008

How To Avoid Burn Out  In Young Athletes


Jay P. Granat, Ph.D.


    Every week, I see athletes who are performing poorly, because they are burnt out in

their chosen sport.  In many instances, they are unaware or unwilling to admit this fact.

And, frequently, their parents are denial of the fact that their child is mentally and physically spent.


     Burn out is usually caused by overtraining and by competing too often.  Some young

athletes are simply overwhelmed with pressure from parents, coaches, friends, the media,

boosters and teammates.  Some can not juggle academics, sports and their social lives.


       There are a number of cures for burn out.  Sometimes, a short break is precisely what

is needed.  In other instances, the athlete needs to develop a new philosophy about his

or her sport and about competing.  In other instances, a coaching change is a good idea.


         Many athletes benefit from sports psychology training which teaches them how to

manage the mental aspects of their sport,  how to avoid burn out, how to be resilient and

how to conserve their mental toughness and powers of concentration.


         Some kids need a new motivator or a new challenge to remain interested in their



          Last, burn out can be avoided and managed if the parents, coach, athlete, trainer

 and mental coach can all get on the same page and work together as a team.  I spend a lot

of time helping athletes and their teams to function in a positive a constructive manner.

Once this happens, burn out can be avoided and the athlete is  freed up to reach his or

her fullest potential.


     Jay P. Granat, Ph.D. is the Founder of

He has a number of CD programs to improve performance in sports.

He is also the author of a new book available at

Get Into The Zone In Just One Minute: 21 Simple Ways To Improve Your



            Dr. Granat can be reached at or at

888 580-ZONE.



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