Introduction: Athlete Transitions in Sport

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Transitions in sport are either normative (relatively predictable) or nonnormative (less predictable) and are critical times in the development of athlete’s careers (Alfermann & Stambulova, 2007; Stambulova, 2010). While retirement from sport is inevitable, the timing of retirement can be less predictable. If an athlete copes well with the transition, they are better able to adjust to life after sport. However, not coping with the transition can lead to a crisis and negative consequences for the athlete (Stambulova, 2010). Factors that can affect the transition into retirement can be athletic or non-athletic and include the voluntariness of retirement, the athlete’s perception of their career achievements, the athlete’s education levels and the prevalence of athletic identity (Cecić Erpič, Wylleman, & Zupančič, 2004). The level of acceptance of not playing their chosen sport again as well as the prospect of finding an alternative career can also impact on the retirement transition experiences of athletes (Price, 2007).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAthlete transitions into retirement
Subtitle of host publicationExperiences in elite sport and options for effective support
EditorsDeborah Agnew
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781003020189
ISBN (Print)9780367432867, 9781032047768
Publication statusPublished - 2022


  • Transitions in sport
  • Retirement in sport
  • Experiences in elite sport
  • high-risk periods
  • psychological distress
  • life after sport
  • transition into life after sport
  • retirement as a process rather than a moment


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