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New challenges for ex-Olympians

Date:
September 21, 2012
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University of Gothenburg
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When elite-level athletes retire, they often struggle to adapt to their new lives. When finding that the characteristics that were valuable in sport are not equally useful in ‘ordinary’ life, they often start experiencing disorientation, depression, self-doubt or even illness.

When elite-level athletes retire, they often struggle to adapt to their new lives. When finding that the characteristics that were valuable in sport are not equally useful in 'ordinary' life, they often start experiencing disorientation, depression, self-doubt or even illness. This is concluded in research from the University of Gothenburg.

Successful athletes at the elite level develop characteristics that should generate success also later in life. However, this notion may be wrong, according to the new research.

As part of a study, ex-Olympians from Sweden, Switzerland, USA and Australia were interviewed. All subjects participated in either the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing or the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

Some well-developed features turned out to be very useful in the retired atheltes' lives. Two examples are perseverance and organisational skills.

However, characteristics, such as perfectionism, hyper-competitiveness, self-centredness and submissiveness, are much less useful and are indeed not desired -- at work, in school and in family life.

'Some ex-athletes say that adapting to post-sport life is more difficult than anything they ever experienced as athletes,' says Natalie Barker at the University of Gothenburg, who headed the research project.

The study reveals that those who managed to keep some kind of distance to their sport, or who were able to critically reflect on their experiences, were able to develop a more flexible and mature self-image.

The study was carried out jointly by researchers at the University of Gothenburg and two Australian universities.


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The above story is based on materials provided by University of Gothenburg. The original article was written by Torsten Arpi. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


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University of Gothenburg. (2012, September 21). New challenges for ex-Olympians. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 22, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/09/120921083200.htm
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