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Title: Exercise attitudes and behaviours among retired female collegiate athletes
Authors: Plateau, Carolyn R.
Petrie, Trent A.
Papathomas, Anthony
Keywords: Sport
Career transition
Physical activity
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Elsevier
Citation: PLATEAU, C.R., PETRIE, T.A. and PAPATHOMAS, A., 2017. Exercise attitudes and behaviours among retired female collegiate athletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 29, pp. 111–115.
Abstract: Objectives: The present study explored exercise attitudes and behaviours among retired female collegiate athletes. Design: A survey design incorporating both closed and open-ended questions was adopted. Method: A total of 218 former NCAA Division I female athletes (n = 144 gymnastics; n = 74 swimming/diving) provided details on their current exercise behaviours and their thoughts regarding exercise since retiring from collegiate sport. Results: No relations were found between years since retirement and athletes’ current exercise frequency, types of exercise activities, and reasons for exercising. Despite reporting activity levels consistent with recommendations (5 days/week, 1 hour per session), retired athletes remained dissatisfied with their activity levels and struggled to integrate exercise alongside occupational, academic and social demands. Conclusions: Athletes may require support in adapting to an independent and less intense exercise regime on retirement. Future research may look to explore exercise attitudes and behaviours among retired athletes from a longitudinal perspective.
Description: This paper was published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise and the definitive published version is available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.01.001.
Sponsor: This study was part of a larger investigation funded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association Sport Science Institute.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.01.001
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/23876
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2017.01.001
ISSN: 1469-0292
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