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Title: Level of Physical and Motor Fitness Post Retirement and Maintenance of Athletic Identity Within Active Retired Athletes
Contributor(s): Hadiyan, Helen (author); Cosh, Suzanne  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019-01-21
DOI: 10.1080/15325024.2018.1540206
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Abstract: The aim of this study was to investigate changes in physical and motor fitness, as well as athletic identity, at post retirement from elite sport. Participants were 18 former and 18 current elite athletes. Both groups completed a range of physical and motor fitness tests. Current identity was assessed using the Athletic Identity Measurement Scale (AIMS). The retired athletes completed the AIMS a second time, retrospectively reflecting on identity during their sporting careers. No differences were observed between current and retired athletes on measures of physical fitness; however, current athletes performed better on all tests of motor fitness. No significant differences were noted between current and retired athletes with regard to identity, nor between retired athletes’ current and former identity. These results contribute to the limited extant literature examining physical and bodily changes post retirement. Physical rather than motor fitness may be more closely tied to identity.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Journal of Loss & Trauma: International Perspectives on Stress and Coping, 24(1), p. 84-95
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: United States of America
ISSN: 1532-5032
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520107 Sport and exercise psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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