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dc.contributor.author Lavallee, David
dc.contributor.author Robinson, Hannah
dc.date.accessioned 2008-11-05T13:53:41Z
dc.date.available 2008-11-05T13:53:41Z
dc.date.issued 2007-01
dc.identifier.citation Lavallee , D & Robinson , H 2007 , ' In pursuit of an identity: A qualitative exploration of retirement from women's artistic gymnastics ' Psychology of Sport and Exercise , vol 8 , no. 1 , pp. 119-141 . , 10.1016/j.psychsport.2006.05.003 en
dc.identifier.issn 1469-0292
dc.identifier.other PURE: 79388
dc.identifier.other dspace: 2160/767
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2160/767
dc.identifier.uri http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/14690292 en
dc.description David Lavallee, Hannah K. Robinson, In pursuit of an identity: A qualitative exploration of retirement from women's artistic gymnastics, Psychology of Sport and ExerciseVolume 8, Issue 1, , January 2007, Pages 119-141. RAE2008 en
dc.description.abstract Objectives: This study examined factors that might facilitate or hinder self-identity formation and adaptation to athletic retirement among a sample of competitive athletes. Designs: As adjustment to retirement problems can be pronounced in women's artistic gymnastics due to the young ages at which participants begin and end their competitive careers, the experiences of five former female gymnasts were studied. Methods: Respondents participated in retrospective, semi-structured interviews yielding transcripts that were analyzed using interpretative phenomenological analysis. Results and Conclusions: Results revealed that participants had been encouraged to dedicate their lives to gymnastics and were, as a result, left feeling lost and helpless when they retired. After prematurely adopting an identity based solely on their role as a gymnast, many of the participants knew little about who they were and what they wanted to do with their lives, and were consequently forced to distance themselves from their past in order to establish a new identity apart from gymnastics. For those whose felt a constant external pressure to strive for excellence during their career, this process was particularly challenging and has lasted, in some cases, for the duration of their retirement. Distress can be avoided by engaging in pre-retirement planning from a very young age and subsequently maintaining control of the transition out of gymnastics by reducing participation gradually and finding a meaningful replacement. en
dc.format.extent 23 en
dc.language.iso eng
dc.relation.ispartof Psychology of Sport and Exercise en
dc.subject Identity en
dc.subject Self en
dc.subject Retirement en
dc.subject Transition en
dc.subject Gymnastics en
dc.title In pursuit of an identity: A qualitative exploration of retirement from women's artistic gymnastics en
dc.type Text en
dc.type.publicationtype Article (Journal) en
dc.identifier.doi http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2006.05.003
dc.contributor.institution Department of Sport & Exercise Science en
dc.description.status Peer reviewed en


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