Overcoming Burnout and Reframing Success with Joe Fuggle, Former Elite GB Athlete

Joe Fuggle is a former elite GB Junior 400m hurdler and founder of The Athlete Place.

In this episode, Sun and Joe share an in-depth discussion about burnout, describing their personal experiences and the deeper insights they’ve gained about how they have been able to reframe their mentality around sports by changing motivation and how they measure success. Joe also shares how he now uses his experiences, knowledge, and passion of helping others to create The Athlete Place, a brand supporting athletes and parents in track & field.

You can find Joe at The Athlete Place — The place to go for track & field athletics guidance, support and storytelling.



Read our article about Burnout: Is Athletic Burnout More than Just Stress?

Risk factors for Athlete Burnout

There are multiple risk factors for young athletes developing overtraining/burnout: 

  • Environmental
    • Extremely high training volumes
    • Extremely high time demands
    • Demanding performance expectations (imposed by self or significant others)
    • Frequent intense competition
    • Inconsistent coaching practices
  • Personal characteristics
    • Perfectionism
    • Need to pleases others
    • Non-assertiveness 
    • Uni-dimensional self-conceptualization (focusing only on one’s athletic involvement)
    • Low self-esteem
    • High perception of stress (high anxiety)


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