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Are Career Termination Concerns Only for Athletes? A Case Study of the Career Termination of an Elite Female Coach

Kenttä, G. and Mellalieu, S.D. and Roberts, Claire-Marie (2016) Are Career Termination Concerns Only for Athletes? A Case Study of the Career Termination of an Elite Female Coach. The Sport Psychologist, 30 (4). pp. 314-326. ISSN 0888-4781 Online: 1543-2793

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Abstract

This paper presents a case study of an elite female coach and her career termination from a 20+ year career following a critical life incident. A novel autobiographical approach was adopted whereby the participant undertook expressive writing to describe her experiences prior to, during, and following coaching an athlete at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. Thematic analysis indicated seven phases related to the participant’s experiences of the critical incident: Build up to the event, the event, the aftermath, recovery and reflection on the event, sampling of new avenues, enlightenment, and career re-birth. The findings reinforce the high demands placed upon elite coaches, the subsequent threats to physical and mental well-being, and the importance of having robust psychological skills and suitable social support to cope with these demands. Implications for preparing and supporting coaches for successful career transition are discussed.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: career termination, coaches, critical life incident, social support, expressive writing
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: 04 Jul 2016 10:12
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2017 11:50
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4579

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