The Athletes And Professional Athletes Essay

883 Words Mar 22nd, 2016 4 Pages
Although each athlete had idiosyncratic retirement experiences, Hubbard (2014) concluded that participants dissociated from their athletic identity after transferring schools. Therefore, Hubbard (2014) advised professionals who work with collegiate athletes to be aware of those who may struggle more with retirement verses those who may not. General characteristics of these athletes who may struggle included an exclusive athletic identity and/or those who are forced to retire. Hubbard (2014) also suggested that coaches and advisors should encourage athletes to develop a support system outside of athletics, as their athletic support system will only exist as long as the athletes career.
Again, although these findings provided further individualized perspectives and experiences of retirement, there were several limitations to address. First, Hubbard (2014) utilized a small sample size. Second, the participants were all female and from NCAA D-1 soccer teams. Therefore, differences between gender, sport, and level of profession were not measured. Third, there was no longitudinal follow-up on participants. Hubbard’s (2014) qualitative results provided implications about how certain collegiate athletes should be managed by coaches and advisors, however, a larger sample size is needed to further validate her advisements.
In a similar study, Hurley (2014) examined the personal narratives of former professional rugby players who suffered career-ending injuries. The rugby…

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