Developmental Experiences Related to Retirement from Sport: Insights from Japan

Miyako Oulevey, Daisuke Hirata, David Lavallee, Naohiko Kohtake

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Psychological support systems for retiring elite athletes can assist them in making career transitions out of sport. The purpose of this study is to further advance research in this area, with a specific focus the developmental experiences related to the sport career transition process in Japan. One retired Olympic medalist was analyzed with a life story analysis method. The findings highlight the psychological difficulties experienced by retiring athletes and the system requirements to help them make an optimal transition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)576-595
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Loss and Trauma
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2021


  • Career transition
  • athletic identity
  • elite athlete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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