Using a convenience sample of 299 Masters swimmers, we examined the timing of youthful and adult phases of competitive swimming careers. Gender similarities and differences in the ages of youthful entry and exits and of adult resumption were identified. The ages associated with phases of swimming careers corresponded with age norms for participation in nonsport careers (educational, occupational, and familial) for males and married females.
Donald W. Hastings and Suzanne B. Kurth are with the Department of Sociology at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN 37996. Judy Meyer is with Mission Bay Training Center, 10333 Diego Dr. South, Boca Raton, FL 33428.