Relationship between Athlete Burnout and Athlete Engagement among Japanese Soccer Players

[Speaker] Kamimura, Akari:1
[Co-author] Kawata, Yujiro:1, Yamada, Kai:2, Suzuki, Minako:1, Hirosawa, Masataka:1
1:Juntendo University (Japan), 2:Hosei University (Japan)

The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship between athlete burnout and athlete engagement among Japanese soccer players. We collected data from 960 Japanese soccer players (692 male, 268 female; M = 16.73, SD = 2.23) using the Athlete Burnout Questionnaire (ABQ) and the Athlete Engagement Questionnaire (AEQ). The relationship between ABQ and AEQ scores was analyzed using correlation and cluster analyses. Results showed that there was a significantly negative correlation between subscale scores on the ABQ and those on each subscale of the AEQ (r = -.20-60, p < .001). A cluster of players with high athlete burnout and mean degree of engagement was identified. We conclude that, among Japanese soccer players, engagement might generally decrease athlete burnout; however, it might not be effective for all players.
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