The retirement experience of elite female gymnasts: Self identity and the physical self

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dc.contributor.author Warriner, Katie
dc.contributor.author Lavallee, David
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-24T08:21:56Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-24T08:21:56Z
dc.date.issued 2008-07
dc.identifier.citation Warriner , K & Lavallee , D 2008 , ' The retirement experience of elite female gymnasts: Self identity and the physical self ' Journal of Applied Sport Psychology , pp. 301-317 . en
dc.identifier.issn 1533-1571
dc.identifier.other PURE: 115151
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/2868
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/2868
dc.identifier.uri http://pdfserve.informaworld.com/159576_731198583_795002370.pdf en
dc.description Warriner, K. and Lavallee, D. (2008). The retirement experience of elite female gymnasts: Self identity and the physical self. Journal of Applied Sport Psychology, 20, 301-317. en
dc.description.abstract This study explored experiences of retirement from elite sport among a sample of retired female gymnasts. Given the young age at which female gymnasts begin and end their sport careers, particular attention was afforded to the role of identity and the physical self in the process of adaptation. Retrospective, semi-structured interviews were conducted and interview transcripts analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Analysis indicated that retirement from gymnastics engendered adjustment difficulties for six of the seven participants. Identity loss was particularly salient, and for two gymnasts, physical changes associated with retirement were a further source of distress. The challenge of athletic retirement was intensified because the gymnasts had heavily invested in sport during adolescence, a period demarcated for the pursuit of an identity. Furthermore, their retirement coincided with a time when adolescents typically undergo profound changes physiologically. Practical suggestions to facilitate athletes' disengagement from sport are discussed. en
dc.format.extent 17 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Journal of Applied Sport Psychology en
dc.title The retirement experience of elite female gymnasts: Self identity and the physical self en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.contributor.institution Department of Sport & Exercise Science en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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