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The athlete’s journey: transitions through sport
The athlete’s journey: transitions through sport

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Session 2: Influencing factors – key themes in the athlete’s journey

Introduction

While all transitions carry with them unique challenges for the athlete, it is important to understand what factors play a part in influencing these experiences. If you think back to Activity 1 in Session 1, Candice and Caroline both experienced a wide range of transitions but the way they responded and managed them was quite different. In this session, you will examine some of the factors that can influence the way an athlete manages their journey and which can ultimately have a bearing on their overall athletic development.

Before you begin, watch the short video below where former England hockey player Alex Danson introduces you to her thoughts on the key themes in her own athlete journey.

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By the end of this session you should be able to:

  • understand the main psychological challenges that career transitions present
  • recognise the factors that can influence an athlete’s adaptation to transition.