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Title: Athlete Identity and Career Transition: Implications for Retirement Outcomes
Contributor(s): Cosh, Suzanne M  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2022
Early Online Version: 2021-08-13
DOI: 10.4324/9781003020189-8
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Abstract: The construct of athlete identity was initially conceptualised by Brewer and colleagues. Athlete identity was understood as an individual's level of identification with the athlete role, and the Athlete Identity Measurement Scale (AIMS) was developed for the systematic study of identity. The extant literature has shown that athlete identity influences adjustment to retirement. Over the past decade, alongside growth of cultural praxis within sport psychology, an emerging body of athlete identity research has been undertaken within an interpretative paradigm. Early narrative research demonstrated that retirement marked a rupture in the life stories and narratives of athletes. Analysis of the Australian newsprint media has demonstrated that limited identity positions are available for athletes during their careers and into retirement, with athletes positioned such that choice around both playing and retiring is constrained. An examination of retired Olympians highlighted that athletes continued to be ascribed the identity of champion athlete years into retirement, with limited alternatives.
Publication Type: Book Chapter
Source of Publication: Athlete Transitions into Retirement: Experiences in Elite Sport and Options for Effective Support
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: New York, United States of America
ISBN: 9781003020189
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 520107 Sport and exercise psychology
520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
HERDC Category Description: B1 Chapter in a Scholarly Book
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Series Name: Routledge Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Physical Activity
Editor: Editor(s): Deborah Agnew
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School of Psychology

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