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Experiences of the Pre and Post Retirement Period of Female Elite Artistic Gymnasts: An Exploratory Study

Clowes, H and Lindsay, P and Fawcett, L and Knowles, ZR (2015) Experiences of the Pre and Post Retirement Period of Female Elite Artistic Gymnasts: An Exploratory Study. Sport and Exercise Psychology Review, 11 (2). ISSN 1745-4980

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Abstract

This study explored retirement experiences of eight, female, former elite artistic gymnasts. Particular attention was afforded to coping strategies employed and dynamics of gymnast’s relationships with significant members of their social support network, in light of identity impact, across the retirement transition period. Retrospective, semi-structured interviews were conducted, transcripts were analysed through content analysis, and represented via pen profiles. Pre-retirement planning emerged as fundamental to the quality of the retirement transition. Keeping in contact with sport was the most frequently cited coping strategy. Social support networks adjusted pre- to post-retirement, identifying parents and partners as the consistent members of these networks across the transition. Findings provide formative recommendations to enhance the post-career education within current lifestyle management programmes, and for the design of a transitional support programme for gymnasts. The study findings may be of relevance for policy and practice in elite sport transitions more generally.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-publication version of the following article: Hannah Clowes, Pete Lindsay, Louise Fawcett & Zoe Knowles Experiences of the pre- and post-retirement period of female elite artistic gymnasts: An exploratory study, Psychology Review 11(2), September 2015
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1702 Cognitive Science, 1117 Public Health And Health Services
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC1200 Sports Medicine
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: British Psychological Society
Date Deposited: 14 May 2015 14:52
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2015 11:38
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1068

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