|dc.description.abstract||A large amount of research has taken place surrounding the factors that affect an
adolescent female’s decision to drop out of competitive sport and physical activity. Pate
(2007) recognises that between the ages of 16 and 18 girls are most likely to drop out of
competitive sport and physical activity, showing an 11% decrease in participation from
ages 12-15. This research attempts to gain a greater understanding of the factors that
influence a young female’s decision to drop out of competitive sport and physical activity.
This research was approached in a qualitative manner. 7 females aged between 20 and
22 were interviewed. All participants had dropped out of competitive sport while playing at
county level and above. Participants were asked to discuss their experiences of
competitive sport, physical activity and their reasons for dropping out of competitive in a
The information received from the participants was analysed in a thematic fashion. Social
factors, psychological factors, life transitions and physical stress were identified as the
main themes that influenced a young female’s decision to drop out of competitive sport.
Within these themes coach-athlete relationships, influence of friends and family and
pressures were identified as being key factors for ceasing participation by participants.||en_US