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Elitidrottsproblem?: En kvalitativ studie om elitidrottares karriäravslutning
Dalarna University, School of Health and Social Studies, Sociology.
2005 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [sv]

This paper used a qualitative technique from a social scientific perspective, a model based on Hewitt and his theory of the self-concept. The purpose of this study was to investigate why some elite athletes experience troublesome periods after their career ending. Interviews were performed with five elite athletes with varying experiences after career ending. The length of the elite athlete careers vary between 7 to 17 years. Two groups were made based upon experiences after career ending. Group 1 had experienced problems, for example suicide tendency, and group 2 had not. The result shows that a troublesome period can come up independently of career ending. The self-concept was investigated during the career and further different kind of variables which could affect the self as training and competition, social relations both before and after termination from sport. Result indicates that an individual in group 2 who has a high complexity in the self-concept based upon significant others outside the elite sport during the career copes with the new situation after career ending much better than group 1 who have not. To build up the self based only upon significant others in the elite sport seems to give expression in a strengthen self. Intensity in training and competition did not have a connection with a troublesome period after retirement from sport but it could prevent establishing contact with others outside the elite sport and reduce a high complexity in the self-concept. The result further shows that elite athletes who practise an individual sport trains in to a greater extent than elite athletes in a seasonal sport. Result also shows that practising a sport with one day off a week, contributes to better opportunities for developing a higher complexity in the self-concept. Suspicions has also rouse that practising an elite sport on the highest level can lead to extensive focusing that further leads to social isolation from individuals outside elite sport. To build up the self upon significant others outside elite sport during the career and keep in touch with significant others from elite sport after the career seems to be the key to avoid problems after the career ending. Suggestions about further investigations are made to see if medial exposure and status can affect the self.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Falun, 2005. , 46 p.
Keyword [sv]
Elitidrott, karriäravslutning, problem, jaguppfattning
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-2074OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:2074DiVA: diva2:518004
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2006-03-30 Created: 2006-03-30 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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