A longitudinal qualitative exploration of elite Korean tennis players' career transition experiences

Sunghee Park*, David Lavallee, David Tod

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The purpose of this study was to explore elite Korean tennis players' career transition experiences, focusing on psychological components (i.e., self-identity, life skills development, and coping strategies) and socio-cultural influences through the process. A longitudinal qualitative method was employed, and Korean tennis players (N = 5; two males and three females; mean age 29.8±5.54 years) who were considering retirement participated in the current study. Data were analyzed by interpretative phenomenological analysis and resulted in three super-ordinate themes: (a) sense of self and process of identity shift, (b) available resources during the career transition process, and (c) decision-making processes and consequences of decisions. These results provided practical implications for supporting athletes' career transitions (e.g., developing a balanced self-identity and life skill during their athletic careers, providing proactive intervention) and future research directions (e.g., examining athletes' retirement decision- making process, the need of cross-cultural research).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative writings in sport and exercise psychology
EditorsRobert Schinke
PublisherNova Science Publishers Inc
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781629488912
ISBN (Print)9781629488813
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

Name Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology
PublisherNova science


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