Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/26975
Title: Elite athletes and retirement: Identity, choice, and agency
Contributor(s): Cosh, Suzanne  (author)orcid ; Crabb, Shona (author); LeCouteur, Amanda (author)
Publication Date: 2013-06
Early Online Version: 2012-10-16
DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9536.2012.00060.x
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/26975
Abstract: Retirement from elite sport can be highly distressing for athletes, and many report experiencing depression and anxiety in adjusting to this transition. In this article, a discursive psychological approach is employed to explore constructions of choice and identity around elite athletes’ retirements within Australian newsprint media. Within these accounts, three ‘types’ of retirements were identified: retirements occurring in relation to age, injury, or active choice. Retiring with individual agency and at an appropriate time was repeatedly privileged, whereas retiring in different ways was routinely problematised. In privileging particular ways of retiring, certain identity positions were made more accessible than others. Consequently, certain actions and choices are deemed appropriate (or not) for athletes, ultimately constraining decision-making around retirement. The implications of such limited identity positions and choices are explored in relation to the psychological distress and clinical concerns that emerge among many athletes in the transition out of elite sport.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Journal of Psychology, 65(2), p. 89-97
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 0004-9530
1742-9536
Field of Research (FOR): 170114 Sport and Exercise Psychology
170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 920410 Mental Health
970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
920599 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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School of Psychology

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