Why Coaches Experience Burnout: A Commitment Perspective

in Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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  • 1 East Carolina University
  • 2 University of Colorado at Boulder
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This study examined coaching burnout from a commitment perspective that highlights the link between burnout and feelings of entrapment. Theoretically, entrapment occurs when coaches become less attracted to coaching but feel they have to maintain their involvement because (a) they perceive a lack of attractive alternatives to coaching, (b) they believe they have too much invested to quit, or (c) they think others expect them to continue coaching. For this study, 295 age-group swim coaches completed a survey that included scales to assess the theoretical determinants of commitment, the exhaustion component of burnout, and commitment itself. Data analyses involved a 2-step approach. (Initially, cluster analysis results revealed 3 clusters of coaches with characteristics reflecting profiles based on the theoretical determinants of commitment.) Subsequently, MANOVA revealed significant differences between the 3 clusters on exhaustion and commitment. Coaches with characteristics of entrapment reported significantly higher exhaustion than the other groups and near average commitment scores.

T.D. Raedeke is with the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858. T.L. Granzyk and A. Warren were graduate students at the University of Colorado at Boulder at the time the study was conducted.

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