The Sport Information Resource Centre
The Sport Information Resource Centre

The sport sector has been abuzz about the potential risks of early specialization, including physical injury, athlete burnout, and dropout from sport. However, the link between early specialization and burnout is not well supported by the evidence. Research from the University of Alberta discovered coaches can help avoid burnout and dropout by supporting athletes’ sense of autonomy and competence, investing in strong relationships between coaches and teammates, and nurturing multiple motives for long-term participation. Learn more in the SIRCuit.