Social Support and Life Skills Development in the Transition Process of Female Gymnasts
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Throughout the study the focus was not only to gain an insight into the life skills development of each gymnast but also gain an insight into the potential use of social support to aid this development and to highlight the relationship between these factors in verifying successful transitions. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with ten female gymnasts who were all between the ages of 15-18 and had competed at a high-level The findings showed how these individuals‟ perception of available support networks and awareness of transferrable skills could prepare them for a transition process. A proactive approach was taken to provide an insight into life skills development and social support in relation to the transition process, prior to the incident as thoughts and feelings were not confounded by transition at this stage. Many life skills were identified as a result of participation in gymnastics, however evidence of supportive networks facilitating this process was lacking. Further research is recommended to broaden the knowledge base in this area and the implementation of specialized programmes to raise awareness of the importance of developing and transferring life skills and the value of social support in aiding a transition process is required for gymnasts in particular.
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