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Sports Psychology Tips: How To Avoid Burn Out In Young Athletes

Posted by: Dr. Granat on March 19, 2008

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
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