If you’ve seen the signs of sports burnout in your child, it’s time to look towards recovery.
1. Face the Facts. If your gut tells you things are not right with your child, listen. Don’t ignore, deny or whitewash the obvious.
2. Have a discussion. Talk with your child about how they feel and what they want to do. Listen to them without judgement.
3. Make a plan. What should recovery look like? How long will it take? Don’t just let it happen. Be intentional.
4. Take a rest. This doesn’t mean your athlete should become a couch potato. If they are physically able, encourage them to continue with light exercise and activities.
5. Seek professional help if needed. Emotional or physical.
6. Ease back into regular training. Increase duration slowly.
7.Then increase the intensity. Let common sense guide you and your athlete. Let desire to play motivate him.
8.Keep it fun. Not every minute of course. Playing a sport is also hard work. But if your athlete is not having any fun at all, burnout may reoccur.
9.Enjoy your second chance. Sometimes things like burnout make us re-evaluate our priorities and our purpose. Hopefully, it helps you lighten up and enjoy the second go-around more than the first.
Athletics is not really the cause of your child’s burnout. What we have turned it into is. Coaches and parents can help athletes avoid burnout by promoting fun, skill development, and success for each athlete. If we do that, fewer and fewer athletes will suffer burnout.