Mental illness is a significant contributor to physical illness and disease worldwide and is more prevalent in young adult females. Stress and burnout are both inputs and outputs affecting mental and physical health. Elite athletes are particularly susceptible to stress and burnout due to the added pressures of achieving champion status in their respective sports. Previous studies focused on individual perceptions of athlete burnout, but research is increasingly showcasing the need to understand the social aspect of team sport environments. This study used a cross-sectional survey to assess the levels of perceived burnout in a convenience sample of elite female soccer athletes in the United Soccer League – Women. It included the Athlete Burnout Questionnaire (ABQ), Teammate Burnout Questionnaire (TBQ), and Brief Resilient Coping Scale (BRCS) for determining coping resiliency. Most of the participants reported a moderate level of burnout individually and collectively, and a medium level of coping resiliency. The sample size of this study was a significant limitation for analyses, and thus no significant correlation was found to exist between burnout and coping resiliency. Further studies with a larger sample size assessed longitudinally will help to understand burnout at different times in the participation/competition cycle and ultimately inform better programs and interventions to combat stress and burnout in athlete cohorts.


Joe Visker

Committee Member

Emily Forsyth

Committee Member

Mary Kramer

Date of Degree




Document Type



Master of Science (MS)

Program of Study

Community Health Education


Health Science


Allied Health and Nursing



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