Career termination

Authored by: David Lavallee , Sunghee Park , David Tod

Routledge Handbook of Applied Sport Psychology

Print publication date:  October  2010
Online publication date:  October  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415484633
eBook ISBN: 9780203851043
Adobe ISBN: 9781136966675


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One of the issues commonly encountered by sport psychology practitioners is how to help athletes cope with career termination (Lavallee & Andersen, 2000). Even though retirement from sport is one of the only certainties in the life of a competitive athlete, individuals may resist planning for career termination and sometimes experience adjustment problems when faced with the end of sport participation. Attention has increased in the literature on psychological interventions for athletes in transitions, and research has started to document the effectiveness of specific interventions to assist retiring and retired athletes. Governing bodies of sport around the world have used this research to develop career transition programs for athletes (e.g., Anderson & Morris, 2000). Many of these programs employ sport psychologists to provide pre-transition and post-transition services for athletes.

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