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I am leading a lecture on the dangers and symptoms of over-training to a group of 12 year old girl soccer players and their parents. It seems as though one of the coaches is overdoing it a bit and the girls are getting upset and do not want to play anymore. Any suggestions on articles or research done in the area of over-training in young athletes? I was going to touch upon player attrition due to burn out, stress of sport as opposed to having fun. Any info would be great! Thank you. Susanne Eymer

-- Susanne Eymer (GG111@aol.com), July 12, 1999


Hi Susanne

Sounds like a great a lecture you are doing, one sorely needed in many sports. I can't help you with very specific references, (it may be a bit late in any case) but I would reccomend you look at the work of Tara Scanlan on Sport Commitment and the role of Enjoyment. Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology 1993, 15 1-15 & JSEP 1993, 15 16-38.

It is important to stress that good performers always report that sport is a source of enjoyment to them and that is why they do it. If coaches take the fun out - chances are people will drop out.

Good luck cheers adam

-- Adam Hall (a.hall2@pgrad.unimelb.edu.au), September 29, 1999.

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