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Basic Psychological Needs Thwarting and Shift in Quality of Motivation: Markers of Exhaustion in Professional Sport Coaches.
Swedish School of Sport and Health Sciences, GIH, Department of Sport and Health Sciences, Sport Psychology research group.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9921-6586
2014 (English)In: Sports Coaching Review, ISSN 2164-0629, Vol. 3, no 2, 101-116 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Using a qualitative retrospective approach, this paper investigates how some work-related demands led to burnout among four professional coaches. Self-determination theory (SDT) offered a sound theoretical framework to better understand the motivational process leading to serious negative outcomes (Ryan & Deci, 2002). Findings indicated that all coaches experienced working in a maladaptive environment, exemplified by experiencing very heavy workloads, a lack of leader support, and work-related conflicts. These experiences had a detrimental effect on the coaches' motivation. Psychological need thwarting and a shift towards a more controlled form of motivation explained why coaches became increasingly at risk for burning out, a process that evolved over time. All four coaches experienced a wide range of burnout symptoms. Findings from this study highlight the importance for sports organizations to better cater for the psychological needs of professional coaches to prevent burnout.

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2014. Vol. 3, no 2, 101-116 p.
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Sport and Fitness Sciences Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:gih:diva-4095DOI: 10.1080/21640629.2015.1035050OAI: oai:DiVA.org:gih-4095DiVA: diva2:846219
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Available from: 2015-08-14 Created: 2015-08-14 Last updated: 2016-10-11Bibliographically approved

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