Peter Olusoga, PhD
Dr Peter Olusoga is a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Sheffield Hallam University. His current research focuses on stress, burnout and wellbeing in sports, with a particular interest in high-performance environments and elite coaching.
In addition to research, Peter is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS), and is an active sport psychology consultant, working with athletes and teams in a variety of sports.
Hugh is an accredited sport psychologist with experience working in elite sport in the UK. Hugh has worked with elite athletes across a number of sports, including with the British Weightlifting team in the lead-up to the Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
Hugh has also worked with high-level athletes across a number of other sports, including All-Ireland winners, World Champions & Olympians.
Hugh has a MSc. in Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology. And is accredited by The Irish Institute of Sport and the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science (BASES).
In this episode we discuss:
- The three central characteristics of burnout: emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation, reduced personal accomplishment
- The drivers of coaching burnout
- Overlap but also disconnect between stress and burnout
- What makes some individuals have a higher threshold before burning out or even being resistant to burnout?
- "Coaches might choose to supress emotional difficulties in order to maintain a mask of mental toughness and stoicism"
- What distinguishes a coping strategy as being beneficial from being maladaptive
- Double-edged sword of developing a sport-related
- More burnout with characteristics of entrapment
- Burnout in groups who face additional barriers to make it into elite coaching positions
- What interventions have evidence of benefit?
Links & Resources
- Eighty Percent Mental Podcast
- Olusoga et al., 2019 - Coach Burnout: A Scoping Review
- Olusoga and Kenttä, 2017 - Desperate to Quit: A Narrative Analysis of Burnout and Recovery in High-Performance Sports Coaching
- SNR #231: Hugh Gilmore – Applied Sport Psychology Strategies
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