Changes in athletic identity and life satisfaction of elite athletes as a function of retirement status

Martin, Lisa Anne and Fogarty, Gerard J. and Albion, Majella J. (2014) Changes in athletic identity and life satisfaction of elite athletes as a function of retirement status. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 26 (1). pp. 96-110. ISSN 1041-3200

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to track changes in athletic identity and life satisfaction of elite athletes over time as a function of retirement status and the voluntariness of retirement decisions. Sixty-two elite Australian athletes from 3 different phases of their athletic careers were surveyed 5 years apart. Athletic identity was shown to decrease as athletes approached retirement. Athletes who retired voluntarily reported an increase in life satisfaction post-retirement. These findings support the need for athlete career education programs that emphasize autonomy and career planning.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC. Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2013 23:11
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2016 04:06
Uncontrolled Keywords: athletes; sport; retirement; self-perception; satisfaction; transition; athletic identity
Fields of Research : 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2203 Philosophy > 220319 Social Philosophy
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920408 Health Status (e.g. Indicators of Well-Being)
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2013.798371
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/24313

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