Mental burnout and physical fatigue are common in American Sign Language interpreters. In this action research project, I studied the relationship between exercise and one interpreter’s mental and physical strain and job performance. Exercise has always been my main source of self-care. I wanted to take a deeper look at the scientific reasoning behind why a regular exercise routine can lead to a clearer working mind. I conducted research on myself over 20 weeks using a log of my daily workouts, weekly work samples, and weekly journal entries, focusing on how I was feeling mentally and physically. This study allowed me to see how my weekly exercise routine has had a direct positive impact on my work and my mental and physical health.

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Action Research

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Master of Arts in Interpreting Studies

Committee Chair

Amanda Smith

Committee Member

Elisa Maroney


exercise, mental burnout, ASL interpreters, mental health, physical health



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