10 Signs That Your Athlete Has Had Enough
“I’ve had enough!”
Is your young athlete saying that to you?
Maybe not in words. In fact, they may not even know that their 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 them 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.