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Committed to burnout: An investigation into the relationship between sport commitment and athlete burnout in Gaelic games players

Woods, Siobhán, Dunne, Simon orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-3655-7647, McArdle, Siobháin and Gallagher, Pamela orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-5558-1269 (2020) Committed to burnout: An investigation into the relationship between sport commitment and athlete burnout in Gaelic games players. International Journal of Sport Psychology, 51 (3). pp. 247-270. ISSN 0047-0767

This study examined the relationship between sports commitment, outlined in the hierarchical Sport Commitment Model, and athlete burnout in men and women playing Gaelic games, for the first time. These athletes experience a number of unique challenges, including playing with numerous teams simultaneously, significant personal commitment despite their amateur status, and the societal and cultural importance of their sports. This study also involved piloting a novel commitment measure of ‘team importance’ for team-sport athletes. Two-hundred-and-one male and female Gaelic games players completed the Sports Commitment Questionnaire, team importance measure and Athlete Burnout Questionnaire. Hierarchical Multiple Regression analyses revealed a negative relationship between sport enjoyment, social support (emotional) and desire to excel and particular burnout components; a positive relationship between other priorities and personal investments and particular burnout components; and enthusiastic commitment was associated with lower burnout, while constrained commitment was linked to higher burnout. The team importance measure was also found to be a reliable and valid measure of sports commitment. These findings provide important insight into how sports commitment can contribute to, or guard against, burnout in male and female athletes.
Item Type:Article (Published)
Uncontrolled Keywords:Burnout; Sport psychology; Sport commitment model; Gaelic games
Subjects:Medical Sciences > Psychology
Medical Sciences > Sports sciences
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Psychology
Publisher:Edizione l Pozzi
Official URL:https://dx.doi.org/10.7352/IJSP.2020.51.247
Copyright Information:© 2020 Edizione l Pozzi
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:25087
Deposited On:16 Oct 2020 14:31 by Fran Callaghan . Last Modified 27 Oct 2022 13:40

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