The Relationship of Factors Contributing to Burnout and Grit Among Division I Collegiate Athletes

Cavanaugh, McKenzie Cavanaugh (2018) The Relationship of Factors Contributing to Burnout and Grit Among Division I Collegiate Athletes. Undergraduate thesis, under the direction of Melinda Valliant from Nutrition & Hospitality Management, The University of Mississippi.

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Abstract

Within the sports field, one popular interest is burnout among athletes. The objective of this study was to determine the association of risk factors to burnout and grit among Division I collegiate athletes. Seventeen males and twenty-five females (age= 19.88 ± 1.02) participated in this study (football, n = 8; cross country/track n = 1; soccer, n = 1; basketball, n = 2; golf, n = 1; volleyball, n = 13; baseball, n = 5; and rifle, n = 11). A survey and the athlete burnout questionnaire (ABQ) was used to evaluate risk factors of burnout and to assess burnout syndrome. The grit scale was used to score an athlete’s grittiness. This study found there to be a significant, positive relationship between burnout and grit among Division I collegiate athletes. Furthermore, this investigation’s findings determined that the only risk factor associated with burnout that is statistically significant is the number of sports played before playing collegiately. Findings from this study can be used to prevent burnout in younger athletes while self-reflecting on personal grit score.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Creators: Cavanaugh, McKenzie Cavanaugh
Student's Degree Program(s): B.S.E.S. in Exercise Science
Thesis Advisor: Melinda Valliant
Thesis Advisor's Department: Nutrition & Hospitality Management
Institution: The University of Mississippi
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Depositing User: McKenzie Cavanaugh
Date Deposited: 07 May 2018 17:13
Last Modified: 07 May 2018 17:13
URI: http://thesis.honors.olemiss.edu/id/eprint/1058

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