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Stress and Burnout in Youth Sports

Here’s another interesting article so relevant to today’s young athletes.

Athletes, parents and sports psychology professionals often have different ideas about burnout in sports. Research indicates that burnout gets in the way of a young athlete’s joy in sport participation, participation longevity, and ultimately performance success.

A beginning baseball player or bowler has a limited idea whether he is competent or not at the skills associated with hitting a baseball or bowling. Typically, the beginner is to a large degree participating in the sport because he senses he can play with some level of skill, it is fun, and provides an opportunity to socialize and be with friends. Over time the athlete either succeeds or fails to master the concepts of executing a specific skill. Stress and frustration can develop as a result of many factors.

Burnout “is a condition of psychological, emotional, and sometimes physical withdrawal from sport participation as a direct result from chronic stress”, Rotella, (1991). Each year many young athletes turn their heads from sport participation because of their frustrating “experiences” in sport. Sport psychology research points out that it is the sum total of experiences over time, the judgment of one’s performance, the pressure to perform, the stress of performing, the boredom, lack of joy, and the goals that others place on the athlete that ultimately lead the athlete to burnout and early retirement from sport. Read the rest of this entry »

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A 1-2-3 finish for Malaysian bowlers at San Marino Open


PETALING JAYA: Malaysian bowlers stormed to a 1-2-3 finish in the San Marino Open bowling championships which ended on Sunday.

Alex Liew won the crown after beating compatriot Adrian Ang in the final.

It was also a good indication for the women’s team who will be heading for the women’s world championships in Hong Kong in September, as Esther Cheah reached the semi-finals, only to lose to Adrian in the mixed men and women event.

She ended up joint third together with the other losing semi-finalist Robert Andersson of Sweden.

Alex, together with Sharon Koh, Sin Li Jane, Zandra Aziela and Zulmazran Zulkifli, were forced to work hard having only qualified for the 36-player first elimination round.

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Bowling Pins and Some Interesting Facts

 In an effort to provide more content to our readers, we will be including more featured articles for you. Here’s something I came across about bowling pins…

For the sake of complete information, bowling is a game in which players attempt to score points by rolling a ball along a flat surface called a lane to knock down objects called bowling pins. The least the throw it takes to knock the balls down, the bigger the score. The player with the highest total score wins. Simple enough? Good, because we’ll chat about the bowling pins.

The American Bowling Congress (ABC) is the one responsible for controlling bowling pins specification. There are tight tolerances placed upon every bowling pin to ensure that every bowling pin in the game of bowling is standard.

As we all know, there are various ways to play bowling, but only those indoor types of bowling employ the use of pins and lanes. To enumerate, these are the ten-pin, nine-pin, five-pin, duckpin and candlepin bowling. All the pins used are roughly of the same shape, a flower vase-like shape with a rounded head, except for candlepin bowling which has, as the name implies candle shaped pins.

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