|Appears in Collections:||Faculty of Health Sciences and Sport Journal Articles|
|Peer Review Status:||Refereed|
|Title:||A longitudinal qualitative exploration of elite Korean tennis players’ career transition experiences|
|Publisher:||Nova Science Publishing|
|Citation:||Park S, Lavallee D & Tod D (2013) A longitudinal qualitative exploration of elite Korean tennis players’ career transition experiences, Athletic Insight, 15 (1), pp. 65-92.|
|Abstract:||The purpose of this study was to explore elite Korean tennis players’ career transition experiences, focusing on psychological components (i.e., self-identity, life skills development, and coping strategies) and socio-cultural influences through the process. A longitudinal qualitative method was employed, and Korean tennis players (N= 5; two males and three females; mean age 29.8 ± 5.54 years) who were considering retirement participated in the current study. Data were analyzed by interpretative phenomenological analysis and resulted in three super-ordinate themes: (a) sense of self and process of identity shift, (b) available resources during the career transition process, and (c) decision-making processes and consequences of decisions. These results provided practical implications for supporting athletes’ career transitions (e.g., developing a balanced self-identity and life skill during their athletic careers, providing proactive intervention) and future research directions (e.g., examining athletes’ retirement decision-making process, the need of cross-cultural research).|
|Rights:||Publisher policy allows this work to be made available in this repository. Published in Athletic Insight 15.1 (2013), pp. 65-92 by Nova Science. The original publication is available at: http://www.athleticinsight.com/Vol15Iss1/Transition.htm|
|Affiliation:||University of Stirling|
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