Burnout among elite soccer coaches

Hjalm, Soren and Kentta, Goran and Hassmenan, Peter and Gustafsson, Henrik (2007) Burnout among elite soccer coaches. Journal of Sport Behavior, 30 (4). pp. 415-427. ISSN 0162-7341


Burnout was investigated in a population of men coaching either men or women at the elite club level in Sweden. Out of 53 presently active top-level soccer coaches, 47 volunteered to participate. Results indicate that 71% of the coaches in the Premier league for women, compared to 23% of the coaches in the Premier league for men, experienced moderate to high levels of Emotional Exhaustion as measured by the Maslach Burnout Inventory.
One possible explanation for this difference is that only 10% of the coaches responsible for teams in the Premier league for women had full time appointments, as compared to all coaches responsible for teams in the Premier league for men. The latter group also had more support staff, on average six people, whereas those coaching women only had four people available. In addition, leadership demands seem to vary between female and male teams, which together with less support and time-constraints place coaches in the Premier league for women at a relatively higher risk for burnout than coaches in the Premier league for men.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 30 May 2008 11:33
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:22
Uncontrolled Keywords: burnout; emotional fatigue; organised sports; gender differences
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 95 Cultural Understanding > 9501 Arts and Leisure > 950102 Organised Sports
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/15628

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