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Susan L. Greendorfer and Elaine M. Blinde

Survey data from 1,123 former intercollegiate athletes (427 males and 697 females) were examined relative to commitment to a sport role, educational and occupational preparation, postcareer sport participation, social interests, and adjustment to sport retirement. Chi-square and factor analyses revealed that the former athletes in this study did not totally withdraw from the system of sport, that some shifting or reprioritization of interests occurred during their athletic career, and that the process of leaving sport may be more gradual or transitional than previously believed. Patterns obtained were similar for both males and females, and there was little evidence to suggest these athletes experienced adjustment difficulties. In light of these findings, an alternative conceptualization of the sport “retirement” process is offered.

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Steven M. Ortiz

to learn much later that the nature of commitment to the sport marriage severely limits their options for personal fulfillment. Because of the physically demanding nature of a career in professional sport, retirement happens at a fairly young age. For example, the average length of an NFL career

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Jimmy Sanderson and Katie Brown

. Jewett , R. , Kerr , G. , & Tamminen , K . ( 2019 ). University sport retirement and athlete mental health: A narrative analysis . Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise, and Health, 11 ( 3 ), 416 – 433 . doi:10.1080/2159676X.2018.1506497 10.1080/2159676X.2018.1506497 LaFerney , D . ( 2016

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Sophie Knights, Emma Sherry, Mandy Ruddock-Hudson, and Paul O’Halloran

the time they concluded their career. Sport Retirement Defined Retirement is defined as withdrawing oneself from a specific activity ( Brady, 1988 ). Sport retirement is defined as the separation of an athlete from their sport ( DiCamilli, 2000 ). Sport retirement can either have a positive or