As the lights fade: A grounded theory of male professional athletes’ decision-making and adjustment to retirement

D Stuart Eggleston, Lindsey Hawkins, Stephen Fife

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Abstract

Retirement can be particularly challenging for professional athletes, given their commitment and identification with their sport. The purpose of this study was to examine how American male professional athletes make the decision to retire and how that decision process affects transition in retirement. The researchers used constructivist grounded theory to analyze personal accounts from professional athletes who wrote about retirement, and a model on the decision-making and transition process of retirement was developed. The findings show that athletes struggle in retirement, but by relying on their social support, they can accept the conclusion of their career as a professional athlete.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-19
JournalJournal of Applied Sport Psychology
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2019

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