Is your young athlete saying that to you?
Maybe not in words. In fact, she may not even know that her actions are saying it.
There are warning signs that scream “ENOUGH!”, indicators that your child is dangerously close to sports burnout.
Burnout is serious. If ignored, it can lead to anxiety, depression, and even alchohol or drug abuse.
Tune in, parents. Is your child showing any of these warning signs for sports burnout?
- No joy in playing sports.
- Dramatic mood swings
- apathetic attitude towards sports
- Poor performance in sports or school activities
- lack of pride that was previously shown
- Lack of emotion after a win or a loss
- Loss of appetite
- There’s a struggle getting your child out the door to his game
- Unusual focus on aches and pains
- Problems with friends
Of course, all of these symptoms are seen in every kid at one time or another. Sports burnout may not necessarily be the cause.
But if you see a sudden change, then trust your gut. If you think your child is pushing too hard, then maybe it’s time for him to take a break. And be sure your offer for them to back out is sincere, and that your child knows you love them, whether or not they play sports.
For most kids, a short break is enough to recharge and get them motivated to play again. If you think it’s more serious than that, seek professional help.