Honors Theses

Date of Award


Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis


Nutrition and Hospitality Management

First Advisor

Melinda Valliant

Relational Format



Within the sports field, one popular interest is burnout among athletes. The objective of this study was to determine the association of risk factors to burnout and grit among Division I collegiate athletes. Seventeen males and twenty-five females (age= 19.88 ± 1.02) participated in this study (football, n = 8; cross country/track n = 1; soccer, n = 1; basketball, n = 2; golf, n = 1; volleyball, n = 13; baseball, n = 5; and rifle, n = 11). A survey and the athlete burnout questionnaire (ABQ) was used to evaluate risk factors of burnout and to assess burnout syndrome. The grit scale was used to score an athlete's grittiness. This study found there to be a significant, positive relationship between burnout and grit among Division I collegiate athletes. Furthermore, this investigation's findings determined that the only risk factor associated with burnout that is statistically significant is the number of sports played before playing collegiately. Findings from this study can be used to prevent burnout in younger athletes while self-reflecting on personal grit score.

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