IHSAA Student-Athlete Tip of the Week (3-14-16)
“Promoting education based athletics in Indiana”
One of the many challenges facing today’s student-athlete is how to avoid burnout. Do you play one sport or multiple sports? Do you train the year around or part time? Have you given up another sport in the last year or two?
Burnout can come from a variety of reasons. Some include putting too much pressure on yourself, having higher expectations than reasonable, and feeling pressure from a coach or your parents.
The best way to avoid burnout is to constantly remind yourself that you play sports for the fun and enjoyment. Don’t ever lose that perspective.
While it’s hard to take time off during the season, be sure to give yourself time away in the off season. Burnout stems from doing the same thing over and over again. Be sure to change training habits in the off season. And most importantly remember, sports is only a game.
Be sure to treat it that way!