Undergraduate Psychology Research Methods Journal


In the past, burnout has been a popular topic for research. However, within the realm of athletics, a majority of such research has been focused on coaches, athletic department staff, and athletic trainers. The purpose of this study was to assess potential contributing factors of burnout among student-athletes at Lindenwood University, an institution with National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) Division II and Student-Life athletic programs. Completion of four questionnaires was required in this study; a Perceived Stress Scale (Cohen, 1983), a Self-Rated Anxiety Scale (Zung, 1979), a Modified Burnout Questionnaire (Harris, 2005), and a Demographic Questionnaire. The student-athletes who participated in this study compete in various sports at the NCAA Division II and Student-Life Sport levels. A multiple regression analysis was used upon the completion of data collection to determine if stress and performance anxiety were contributing factors in predicting athletic burnout. Based on previous burnout-related research it was hypothesized that stress and anxiety would be significant contributing factors to athletic burnout and would be able to be recognized by individuals involved in athletics as predicting factors in athletic burnout. Based on the significant results of this study, the results of this study can be used as part of a proactive educational resource for coaches and athletic department staff to utilize.

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