Study to explore perfectionism and athlete burnout
The research project, which is being jointly run by Leeds Beckett University, York St John University and Nottingham Trent University, will examine the role that perfectionism plays in the burnout of athletes, and in particular the positive and negative impacts of perfectionism.
Gareth Jowett, Senior Lecturer in Sport and Exercise Psychology at Leeds Beckett’s Carnegie School of Sport, said: “Striving for perfection is often associated with positive performance outcomes and lower levels of burnout in athletes. However, on the flip side, it can be accompanied by concerns about failing to reach perfect standards, which have been linked to an increased risk of burnout in athletes.
“There is little evidence about the roles of coping and resilience and how different approaches may explain why certain aspects of perfectionism protect against burnout and others make athletes more vulnerable.
“This study aims to examine the associations between perfectionism and athlete burnout and establish the extent to which resilience and coping may help to explain those associations.”
Any adult who takes part in regular sport can take part in the research study by filling out a short questionnaire - https://bit.ly/2KoXhPM