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

Sunghee Park*, David Lavallee, David Tod

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Abstract

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
Pages197-224
Number of pages28
ISBN (Electronic)9781629488912
ISBN (Print)9781629488813
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes

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

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Park, S., Lavallee, D., & Tod, D. (2014). A longitudinal qualitative exploration of elite Korean tennis players' career transition experiences. In R. Schinke (Ed.), Innovative writings in sport and exercise psychology (pp. 197-224). ( Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology). Nova Science Publishers Inc.
Park, Sunghee ; Lavallee, David ; Tod, David. / A longitudinal qualitative exploration of elite Korean tennis players' career transition experiences. Innovative writings in sport and exercise psychology. editor / Robert Schinke. Nova Science Publishers Inc, 2014. pp. 197-224 ( Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology).
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Park, S, Lavallee, D & Tod, D 2014, A longitudinal qualitative exploration of elite Korean tennis players' career transition experiences. in R Schinke (ed.), Innovative writings in sport and exercise psychology. Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology, Nova Science Publishers Inc, pp. 197-224.

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Innovative writings in sport and exercise psychology. ed. / Robert Schinke. Nova Science Publishers Inc, 2014. p. 197-224 ( Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology).

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Park S, Lavallee D, Tod D. A longitudinal qualitative exploration of elite Korean tennis players' career transition experiences. In Schinke R, editor, Innovative writings in sport and exercise psychology. Nova Science Publishers Inc. 2014. p. 197-224. ( Sports and Athletics Preparation, Performance, and Psychology).