Athlete Transition is a topic that has recently gained a lot of momentum as a critical issue in sport. For elite athletes, the large majority of their effort and energy is focused on their training and competition. Throughout their careers, athletes make personal, professional and financial sacrifices so they can pursue their dreams. Often, things outside of sport are perceived as a luxury they simply cannot indulge, so it stands to reason that when sport is no longer an option, an athlete’s life feels out of balance or even, meaningless.
This is where the concept of the ‘Athlete Transition’ comes into play. ‘Athlete Transition’ is all about dealing with the challenge of no longer being an elite athlete, whether from a sudden injury or retirement, or even after an athlete’s college sporting career is over.
“In terms of dealing with either a sudden or an approaching loss, there is a model for the concept of ‘coping with change’,” Bo said.
“I like to look at it as the Stages of Change. On one axis, you have your performance, or in this case it is your readiness to accept something new. On the other axis, you have the length of time it takes for you to adjust to your new reality.”
Watch the below video as Bo discusses Athlete Transition and explains the Stages of Change.
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