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Katey Stone: 3 Signs Of Burnout

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PCA National Advisory Board Member Katey Stone (@kbstone9) is one of the most successful coaches in the history of Division 1 Women’s Ice Hockey. As head coach of the Harvard Crimson for the past 18 seasons, she has accumulated 378 victories and has led the team to several NCAA Championship appearances. She also coached the U.S. Women's Ice Hockey team to a Silver Medal in the 2014 Sochi Olympics.

Burnout can affect athletes at all levels of the game. Stone, an elite coach, admits that even her players suffer the consequences. In this clip, Stone shares the three indicators she's noticed after 21 years of coaching.

  1. A player is more emotional.
  2. A player is consistently fatigued and shows it.
  3. To overcome the fatigue, a player simply works harder, which makes them more fatigued and sick.

To combat burnout and avoid increasing fatigue, Stone gives her players two days off every week. This helps recharge players mentally and physically. Putting more emphasis on rest and recovery allows players to perform at a higher level and avoid injury.