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Presentation
Elite athletes need social supports beyond the sporting community
Austraian Psychological Society's 46th Annual Conference (2011)
  • Clive M Jones, Dr, Bond University
Abstract

This study examined the moderating role of key social supports against burnout within the elite sporting community. Qualitative and quantitative data were collected from a sample of elite road cyclists (N = 14) on a weekly basis over the duration of 20 weeks using the Maslach Burnout Inventory, The Fear of Social Consequences Scale, rating scales and interviews on the relationship the athlete had with key support networks in their sport (i.e., coach,, teammates and support staff), and The Family Sports Environment Schedule to determine the relationship the athlete had with key support networks outside the context of their sport (e.g., parents, siblings, partner, close friend, etc.) Overall the athlete’s perceived amount of support from those outside the context of their sport (e.g., parents, siblings, partner, close friend, etc.) showed a moderately strong predicative relationship in moderating against burnout and thus was more clearly implicated to burnout compared to the relationship the athlete had with their coach, teammates and other support staff. This suggests that organisational structures need to provide opportunity for athlete’s to stay connected with significant others outside the context of their sport to moderate against the onset of burnout when pursuing high performance goals. This has particular implications for those athlete’s involved in a significant amount of travel for national and international competitions over regular and extended periods of time.

Keywords
  • Sport Psychology,
  • Social Support,
  • Burnout,
  • Psychology,
  • High Performance,
  • Elite Sport,
  • Sport Science
Publication Date
Spring October, 2011
Citation Information
Clive M Jones. "Elite athletes need social supports beyond the sporting community" Austraian Psychological Society's 46th Annual Conference (2011)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/clivemjones/8/