Career Transitions In Professional Football: A Case Study Of An Elite
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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The current case study comprehended the transitional experiences of an elite level professional football player, coach and manager. The study paid particular attention to the cognitive, emotional and behavioral responses towards three different transitions. The single participant (n=1) was involved professionally and consecutively as a player, coach and manager during his career within football and the definitive transitions investigated in this study covered these three shifts in occupation. Semi-structured interviews were used to obtain in-depth data regarding the experiences the participant had during each transition. The transcripts were then inductively analyzed using content analysis. The results highlighted, the dynamic and complex nature of transition, emphasizing the role of coping/social support, awareness of transferable skills, perceived loss of identity and pre transition planning. From the current research it would appear that the transitional experience varies for each individual, with the highlighted components (social support, awareness of transferable skills, perceived loss of identity and pre transition planning) having differing implications. This study has made light of a number of implications practitioners could consider. It has highlighted the need to consider coaches/managers when regarding the retirement from sport and its effect on athletic identity. There is also a need to further research the relationship between social support and its impact on the negative emotions experienced with involuntary transitions.
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