Elite sport retirement: A systematic review of qualitative studies

Anna Jordana, Miquel Torregrosa, Yago Ramis, Alexander T. Latinjak

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Abstract

In this work, we conducted a systematic review of qualitative studies (SRQS) on retirement from elite sport (RES), in order to summarize protective factors to successfully cope with that transition. The SRQS has been developed following the CHIP tool (i.e., Context, How, Issues and Population). The first selection of articles was obtained from the search in databases. After reviewing titles and abstracts, 44 publications in English, Spanish and Portuguese were selected and examined in depth. They were. Following the PRISMA methodology, we registered the decision-making process that allowed us to obtain the most relevant publications for the in-depth analysis for the SRQS. We selected 30 qualitative studies, 27 of them in English, two in Spanish and one in Portuguese. Results of those studies show the retirement experiences of Olympic and elite athletes, as well as the influence of a dual career over this transition process. Most of the selected studies consider retirement as a process instead of as an event. They also concur that having complementary priorities, such as studies or work, are protective factors in RES.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)68-74
JournalRevista de Psicologia del Deporte
Volume26
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017

Keywords

  • Elite sport
  • Qualitative studies
  • Retirement
  • Systematic review

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