As the demands on high school athletes to play year-round increases, so does the need for parents and coaches to be aware of the signs of burnout.
The symptoms aren't always easy to recognize. And sometimes, the adults are part of the problem.
"Maybe it's the parents' job to step in and not let their child burnout," said Dr. Stephen A. Russo, assistant professor and director of Sports Psychology at Nova Southeastern University.
"Parents sometimes lose perspective. They need to tell the child to take a day off." Russo said parents need to recognize when their children go overboard in pushing themselves. "Some kids just want to keep playing, and there's the parents who put more expectations of the child to perform well," Russo said. "The question is what is the point? Losing perspective sets up the athlete for frustration."
Royal Palm Beach High softball player Tarin Knott said she has seen some parents and coaches who definitely push kids to play.
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