6 Summary of Session 1
This session has introduced the concept of career transitions in sport by examining athlete experiences, the athlete career transition model and relevant research within this area.
The key learning points from this first session are:
- Career transitions can be classified as normative (predictable) or non-normative (unpredictable).
- Transitions can cause a range of physical, emotional and psychological reactions.
- The athletic career transition model (Alfermann and Stambulova, 2007) provides a clear framework to help understand how athletes may experience transitions.
Before you start to look at each transition in more detail, you will explore some of the key factors that can influence an athlete’s experience of transition.
You should now go to Session 2.