#350: Peter Olusoga, PhD & Hugh Gilmore – Coaching Burnout: The Research & Applied Psychology

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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 Gilmore

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?

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