Linking sports-related and socio-economic resources of retiring Olympic athletes to their subsequent vocational career

Schmid, Michael J.; Örencik, Merlin; Schmid, Jürg; Conzelmann, Achim (2022). Linking sports-related and socio-economic resources of retiring Olympic athletes to their subsequent vocational career. International review for the sociology of sport, p. 101269022211238. Sage 10.1177/10126902221123881

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The aim of this study was to examine patterns of sports-related and socio-economic resources at the time of athletic retirement and their relation to the subsequent vocational career. We surveyed 341 former Olympic athletes representing Switzerland about their athletic, educational, and vocational careers. In order to adequately depict the heterogeneous situations of athletes during and after their athletic career, we applied a person-oriented approach. This involves adopting a holistic perspective and using nonlinear methods of analysis to allow for interactions between different aspects of an athlete’s career. Using cluster analytic techniques, we found different patterns of sports-related and socio-economic resources at the time of athletic retirement which were related with specific vocational career paths. In particular, clusters disposing of manifold resources had various opportunities in working life, whereas clusters with few resources fared less well. However, a lack of educational certificates could be compensated for by success in sports and popularity, provided that the vocational activity was pursued in sport. These findings may help career counsellors to better understand athletes’ career development options and provide services of ever-improving quality.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW)
07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Sport Science (ISPW) > Sport Psychology and Research Methods

UniBE Contributor:

Schmid, Michael Johannes; Örencik, Merlin Kantigin; Schmid, Jürg and Conzelmann, Achim

Subjects:

700 Arts > 790 Sports, games & entertainment

ISSN:

1012-6902

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Edith Desideria Imthurn

Date Deposited:

27 Sep 2022 09:39

Last Modified:

02 Oct 2022 02:06

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/10126902221123881

Uncontrolled Keywords:

career transition, cluster analysis, elite athletes, employment, olympians, second career

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/173275

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/173275

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