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An In-depth Appraisal of Career Termination Experiences in Elite Cricket.

Roberts, Claire-Marie, Mullen, Richard, Evans, Lynne and Hall, Ross J. (2015) An In-depth Appraisal of Career Termination Experiences in Elite Cricket. Journal of Sports Sciences. ISSN Print: 0264-0414 Online: 1466-447X

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Abstract

This qualitative study explored the career termination experiences of 9 male, retired professional cricketers, between the ages of 28 to 40 (M = 34, SD = 4.65). The participants took part in retrospective, semi-structured interviews. Data from the interviews were inductively content analysed within three transition phases of the retirement process: reasons for retirement, factors affecting adaptation, and reactions to retirement. The reasons for retirement were multicausal with the majority of the participants highlighting contractual pressures and a lack of communication as important precursors to retirement. Three main themes accounted for the factors affecting adaptation: a limited pursuit of other interests, developmental experiences and coping strategies. In terms of reactions to retirement, all of the participants reflected negatively on the termination of their career, with a sense of loss and resentment characterising the post-retirement period. The findings illustrated the sport-specific nature of career termination in professional cricket, and added further support to the emerging consensus that the distinction between voluntary and involuntary retirement is, at best, unclear.

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Published online on January 2nd 2015.

Uncontrolled Keywords: retirement, cricket, transitions, antecedents, life satisfaction
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Sport and Exercise Science
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Depositing User: Claire-Marie Roberts
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2014 11:45
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2016 01:00
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/3393

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