The design of a career transition psychological support program for retired Olympic athletes in Japan

Miyako Oulevey, David Lavallee, Yasutaka Ojio, Naohiko Kohtake

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to examine the feasibility of an intervention program focused on career transition psychological support for retired Olympic athletes in Japan. It was expected that the intervention program would significantly enhance knowledge about career transition support for athletes and also enhance attitudes towards seeking career transition support. 24 retired Japanese female athletes who had competed in the Olympics between 1996 and 2016 participated in the study. The content of the support program was delivered in a three-part workshop, focusing on career transitions in sport, post-retirement psychological adjustment difficulties, and coping strategies. Pre-workshop and post-workshop assessment were conducted. Career transition support knowledge for athletes and attitudes about seeking career transition support significantly increased. The current results suggest that increasing knowledge helps retired and retiring athletes seek professional help. Practical applications and future research recommendations are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-10
Number of pages4
JournalAsian Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Volume4
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • Retirement
  • Self-help
  • Social support
  • Sport

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Cognitive Neuroscience

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