6 Summary of Session 3
In this session you have explored how to prepare athletes to cope with the career transitions that they will inevitably face.
The key learning points from this third session are:
- There is strong evidence to suggest that preparation eases the psychological stresses associated with career transitions.
- Performance lifestyle programmes and similar services have been developed to support high level athletes. Those not able to access such services can still benefit from some of the ideas and planning strategies that are used.
- The five-step career planning strategy (Stambulova, 2010) is an example of a framework to help athletes prepare for, and cope with, career transitions.
In the next session you will examine some of the expected (or normative) career transitions experienced by athletes.
You should now go to Session 4.