Moving out of sports: A sociocultural examination of olympic career transitions

Barker, Dean, Barker-Ruchti, Natalie, Rynne, Steven and Lee, Jessica (2014) Moving out of sports: A sociocultural examination of olympic career transitions. International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching, 9 2: 255-270. doi:10.1260/1747-9541.9.2.255

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Author Barker, Dean
Barker-Ruchti, Natalie
Rynne, Steven
Lee, Jessica
Title Moving out of sports: A sociocultural examination of olympic career transitions
Journal name International Journal of Sports Science and Coaching   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1747-9541
2048-397X
Publication date 2014-04-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1260/1747-9541.9.2.255
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 9
Issue 2
Start page 255
End page 270
Total pages 16
Place of publication Brentwood, Essex, United Kingdom
Publisher Multi-Science Publishing Co. Ltd
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
This article outlines sociocultural learning theory, shows how this theory can be used to examine end-of-career athletic transitions, and stimulates discussion on the implications of this framework for sport professionals. The central question addressed is how learning in elite sport affects participation in activities beyond sporting settings. Data from in-depth, semi-structured interviews with three former Olympians are presented. The interpretation suggests that: 1) movement to new social settings involves abandoning some elements of athletic dispositions and developing new elements, 2) transitions are affected by prior learning in sport and the characteristics of new settings, and 3) learning in sporting environments is often unintentional or implicit. The results encourage practitioners to acknowledge the effort involved in developing new dispositions in different settings. They support a case-specific view of transitions where ‘success’ is considered in contextual terms. Further, the data highlight a need for sport professionals to recognize tacit learning.
Keyword Athletic Career Transitions
Life Skills
Olympians
Personal Identity
Sociocultural Learning Theory
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2015 Collection
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