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

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Session 5: Stopped in your tracks – unexpected transitions in sport


Having looked at expected ‘within career’ transitions in sport in Session 4, you will now move on to look at unexpected (or non-normative) career transitions that can occur within an athlete’s career and the impact they can have.

You begin this session by watching the video below in which sport and exercise psychologist Dr Josie Perry discusses why non-normative transitions such as injury are particularly challenging. She explains how these transitions are out of the athlete’s control and therefore harder to prepare for. Transitions like this often take athletes out of their comfort zone into periods of change which can make them feel insecure.

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

  • identify some of the non-normative transitions an athlete may experience in their career
  • understand the psychological and emotional impact of non-normative transitions on the athlete
  • consider the psychological impact of sport injury on the athlete.