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Cuadernos de Psicología del Deporte

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GARCIA-JARILLO, Marina; FRANCISCO, Cristina De; ORTIN, Francisco J  and  GARCES DE LOS FAYOS, Enrique J. Athletes burnout symptomatology: a Delphi methodology study. CPD [online]. 2020, vol.20, n.3, pp.15-25.  Epub Nov 09, 2020. ISSN 1989-5879.

The aim of the current research was to increase the knowledge of the behavioural, cognitive and physiological symptoms of burnout in athletes, additionally knowing if there are differences in the perception of burnout syndrome between a group of experts who had had an athlete with burnout and another who did not have it. The study participants were 28 experts in Sports Psychology, 11 women and 17 men (M age = 46.75 years; SD = 10.98) being administered three semi-structured Delphi questionnaires specifically designed by researchers. Both groups highlight as behavioural symptoms: lack of training adherence and low sport performance; as cognitive symptoms: sport devaluation and ideas of drop out of sport; and as physiological symptoms: tension and physical exhaustion. With the approach to the characteristic symptomatology presented by athletes with the syndrome in this study, we tried to get a better understanding of burnout in the sports field. Related to this information, both prevention and intervention strategies might be developed, aimed at preventing or treating the main symptomatology.

Keywords : burnout; technique Delphi; athlete; perception.

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