Document Type : Original Article


1 MSc in Motor Behavior, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran

2 Assistant Professor, Department of Motor Behavior, Faculty of Sport Sciences, Alzahra University, Tehran, Iran (Corresponding Author)

3 Assistant Professor, Department of Motor Behavior, Sport Sciences Research Institute, Tehran, Iran



The aim of present study is to investigate the role of variables such as cognitive flexibility, meta cognition and positive emotion and cognitive regulation of emotion in the psychological burnout of skilled female athletes. 250 skilled female athletes in the sports of volleyball, soccer, footsal, basketball and handball (age range 20-30 years) are randomly selected in 2020-2021. Questionnaires of cognitive flexibility, cognitive regulation of emotion, meta cognition and positive emotion and psychological burnout of athletes were used. The results of the regression analysis showed that the sub scales of suppressing stable thoughts and emotions and setting the hierarchy of flexible goals from the variable of meta cognition and positive meta cognition and the sub scale of perception of controllability from the variable of cognitive flexibility, as well as the sub scales of refocusing on planning, positive evaluation and acceptance of the variable of cognitive regulation of emotion had a significant negative impact on burnout of skilled female athletes. On the other hand, the sub scales of blaming others, blaming oneself, and rumination had a significant positive effect on burnout. The obtained results emphasized the importance and role of meta cognitive variables in the occurrence or prevention of psychological burnout in skilled female athletes.


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