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Involuntary Career Termination in Sport: A Case Study of the Process of Structurally Induced Failure

Butt, Joanne and Molnar, Gyozo (2009) Involuntary Career Termination in Sport: A Case Study of the Process of Structurally Induced Failure. Sport in Society, 12 (2). pp. 240-257. ISSN 1743-0437 (Print), 1743-0445 (Online)

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Sport can be perceived as one of the contemporary key socializing agencies with which a significant number of children and youth come in to contact. The nature of this contact between the institution of sport and the individual is erratic, leading to the, often abrupt and unforeseen, termination of the individual's sporting career. In this essay, our aim is to draw wider attention to the personal adjustments young athletes undergo during and after their career has been institutionally terminated. Our analysis is embedded in theory as well as empirical, qualitative evidence gathered through semi-structured, long interviews with eight ex-varsity athletes. In shedding light on the personal consequences of structurally induced failure in sport, we seek to approach these issues from a socio-psychological angle and examine specific, personal layers of those via the lived experiences of ‘drop-out’ varsity athletes.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: young athletes, sport, career termination
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
Depositing User: Gyozo Molnar
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2012 14:37
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2012 14:37

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