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 before, 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 rebirth. 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.
Göran Kenttä, Stephen Mellalieu, and Claire-Marie Roberts
Maja Gunhild Olsen, Jan Arvid Haugan, Maria Hrozanova, and Frode Moen
? A case study of the career termination of an elite female coach. Studying the career termination following a critical life incident of an elite female coach. Qualitative research Autobiographical approach, with the use of expressive writing in the form of letters One female Elite coach (20 years of