A Good article on the “Basha Tennis” blog. Here are a few excerpts. Read the whole article – HERE
Burnout in tennis players
What is it, exactly, that makes burnout a common occurrence among tennis players? As an individual sport, everything hinges on the individual player, which creates a lot of pressure; more so than doubles or a team environment. There are no substitutions, timeouts or coaching during matches and play rarely stops. Each decision about how and where to hit the ball is made by one person. What this means is that the individual’s self-esteem and identity are tied to what happens on the court.
It’s important to look at the overall balance in your life to ensure you have other outside interests, friends and family you spend time with. And, are you good at taking care of yourself physically, acknowledging vulnerabilities, the fact that you are human, and time constraints?
Your training program should not be too simple (it won’t challenge you enough) or too extreme, which eventually leads to burnout. Tennis players need to do a better job of routinely assessing how they feel physically and mentally. When you started playing tennis, you needed to assess your physical abilities. You also need to continually assess where you are mentally and emotionally to be successful and to recognize fluctuations that lead to burnout.
Michelle Cleere, Ph.D., is a clinical psychologist who specializes in breaking emotional patterns that hold people back from achieving their physical goals, whether the motivation is to get healthier or beat the competition. With a doctorate in clinical psychology and an MA in sports psychology, Cleere is one of the leading experts in exercise and sports psychology. She serves on the faculty of JFK University, works with Doctor Oz and has written for Triathlete magazine and the National Academy of Sports Medicine.