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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > January 19 > “I’M EXHAUSTED, AM I SHOWING SIGNS OF BURNOUT?”


Over-training, poor performance and loss of interest in swimming? You might be suffering from burnout, says Helen Davis

For many of us our training and competition swimming programme works us hard and is tiring, but we manage and cope with the demands it presents. However, for some swimmers, intense physical and psychological demands of swimming participation come with a high cost – burnout.


Sport psychologists define burnout as physical and emotional exhaustion, sport devaluation and reduced athletic accomplishment. Simply put, burnout is when a swimmer experiences overwhelming exhaustion from training and competition, resents or completely loses interest in swimming and experiences lower achievement than previously demonstrated. Burnout is a response to chronic stress of continued demands from swimming without the opportunity for physical and mental rest and recovery.

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In our January issue we tell the strange outdoor swimming history of Mao Zedong, we test a chilly willy combobulator and ponder the female gender bias in cold water swimming, leap off a waterfall in Yorkshire while discussing ways to combat the winter blues, and take up stand-up paddleboarding. Plus, our pick of our favourite events in 2019 to help you plan your new year adventures, and our resident Olympian Cassie Patten gives her top tips for motivation to help you achieve your swim goals. And just in case it all gets too much, we look at how to avoid burnout and show you how to strengthen your shoulders and avoid rotator cuff injuries.