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ERIC Number: EJ827934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
Enduring Injustice: A Case Study of Retirement from Professional Rugby Union
McKenna, Jim; Thomas, Howard
Sport, Education and Society, v12 n1 p19-35 Feb 2007
Garth Armstrong (pseudonym) agreed to participate based on a pre-existing "career-guidance-and-support" relationship with the researcher, to explore the realities of career transition. An account-making approach was used over the last eight months of his professional rugby-playing career (termination) and for a further ten months into his next career (transition). For Garth, retirement was premature, contested and unjust--he felt the moral outrage of being kicked out and of becoming excluded from his own athletic past. Garth regarded himself as embodying the values of a (proper) "rugby man", which were unmatched by those central to making him retire. Being central to the club and modelling idealized behaviours contrasted with still not being offered a replacement contract, meaning that his retirement represented a strong sense of betrayal. This was compounded by then being offered a contract extension, but only with reduced terms. Even after 18 months, support is continuing with retirement still being discussed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom