Prevention of burnout and depression in junior elite swimmers

Insa Nixdorf, Jürgen Beckmann, Raphael Nixdorf

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This chapter provides an insight into a prevention programme for burnout and depression specific to a target group of junior elite athletes competing in an individual sport discipline. The programme was part of an applied project called “Group coaching of selected athletes of the Bavarian Swim Association”, which was founded by the German Federal Institute of Sport Science. The project was conducted with junior elite swimmers in order to strengthen prospectively important factors and therefore help prevent the development of psychological problems. Results showed that athletes in individual sports are at higher risk for depressive syndromes. Therefore, junior elite swimmers were assumed to gain most from a preventive intervention programme. On the basis of vulnerability-stress models, various important factors have been associated with burnout and depression. These factors served as an evaluation indicator for the assessment pre- and post-intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMental Health and Well-Being Interventions in Sport
Subtitle of host publicationResearch, Theory and Practice
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9781040004166
ISBN (Print)9781032271835
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2024


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