ERIC Number: ED263048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-19
Implications of Sport Retirement Research for the Practitioner.
Greendorfer, Susan L.
This paper cites findings from a research study on 1,100 former intercollegiate athletes (427 males and 696 females) to demonstrate the relevance of sport retirement research to coaches and other practitioners. The data are used to challenge typical assumptions about the process of leaving sport (i.e., sport retirement is a termination of involvement and sport retirement requires considerable psychological adjustment to role withdrawal) by suggesting alternative perspectives from which both researchers and practitioners can view sport retirement. Notions of lifelong development, reprioritization of interests, and role transitions are used as a basis from which counselling and/or other interventions can be based. Considerable attention is devoted to the concept of sport role commitment and the development of social and vocational skill alternatives. Implications of the findings for the coach/practitioner are discussed. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Atlanta, GA, April 17-21, 1985).