ERIC Number: ED284848
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Career/Life Transition Needs of National Hockey League Players and Career-Life Transition Needs of National Hockey League Players: Spouses Perspectives. Final Reports Prepared for the National Hockey League Players' Association.
Blann, Wayne; Zaichkowsky, Leonard
Two surveys were conducted regarding the career and life transition needs of National Hockey League (NHL) players and their spouses. The Professional Athletes' Career Transition Inventory was distributed to player representatives and members of eight NHL teams. Results revealed that 85 percent of players believed it important that help be provided for planning post-sport careers. Favorably perceived programs helped players to understand and relate their personal strengths, interests, and skills to appropriate careers, develop education and career plans, and understand and relate specific education, certification, licensing, and other training programs to appropriate careers. Half of the players indicated that they will delay planning a post-sport career, although most players believed that their post-sport career will be critical to their life satisfaction after their sport career ends. Almost all players believed that the NHL Players' Association should be involved in helping them with post-sport career planning. Data obtained from 123 spouses of NHL players revealed that they also felt it important that help be provided in planning post-sport careers and that the NHL Players' Association should be involved. Most spouses believed that such help should be provided during their husbands' playing careers. Most spouses planned to change to improve their employment status after their husbands' playing career ended. About 85 percent of wives stated that their most important current role was supporting their husbands' playing career. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the National Convention of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Las Vegas, NV, April 13-17, 1987).