Writing a letter to your younger self: an exploration into personal experiences of athlete burnout

Collins, Rachel (2020) Writing a letter to your younger self: an exploration into personal experiences of athlete burnout. Masters thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

The aim of the current study was to extend our understanding of athlete burnout using a qualitative methodology. In total seven national and international athletes from a range of sports participated in this study. Participants were instructed to write an ‘Older, Wiser self’ letter (in hindsight) to their younger self, describing the advice they would have wanted to receive at that time. Thematic analysis was used to analyse the letters, whereby five themes were produced: the danger of being a unidimensional athlete, appreciate and love your sport, supportive and unsupportive social actors, it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and exhaustion to breaking point. To present the results a creative non-fiction composite letter was used which incorporated these five themes.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Additional Information: MSc in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV557 Sports
Divisions: Departments > Sport and Exercise Sciences
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2020 15:05
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2020 15:05
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/5530

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