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ERIC Number: EJ1234189
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1932-5037
Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention after the Game Ends: The Emerging Role of Certified Health Education Specialists in Wellness Coaching for Retired College Student-Athletes
Stellefson, Michael; Wang, Min Qi; Apperson, Avery; Bopp, Trevor; Zhang, Linxi
American Journal of Health Education, v50 n6 p339-343 2019
Former college student-athletes encounter unique health-related challenges following athletic retirement. Many retired student-athletes adopt sedentary lifestyles that can lead to long-term health problems, while others struggle to maintain good mental health due to issues associated with resolving their own athletic identity. Retired student-athletes who are able to successfully transfer their athletic identity into life after college sports are less likely to engage in chronic disease risk behaviors. Unfortunately, there is a relative lack of personal health and wellness programs for this vulnerable subgroup of the college population, which is concerning given the large number and high proportion of retired college student-athletes who are highly susceptible to chronic health issues. It is important that appropriate resources are made available to dissuade retired student-athletes from living unhealthy lifestyles, while at the same time encouraging them to actively pursue wellness following college. Currently, there is a unique opportunity to improve holistic wellness among retired college student-athletes through "coaching" them to live healthy lifestyles after their athletic career is over. Certified Health Education Specialists can play a key role in planning, implementing, and evaluating multi-dimensional wellness coaching programs that address the unmet health promotion needs of retired college student-athletes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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