The Career Planning, Athletic Identity, and Student Role Identity of Intercollegiate Student Athletes

Authors: Lally, Patricia S.; Kerr, Gretchen A.

Source: Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 1 September 2005, vol. 76, no. 3, pp. 275-285(11)

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Abstract:

The purpose of this study was to examine the career planning of university student athletes and relationships between their career planning and athletic and student role identities. Two retrospective in-depth interviews were held with four male and four female university student athletes. Participants entered university with vague or nonexistent career objectives and invested heavily in their athletic roles. In the latter years of their college career, the participants discarded their sport career ambitions and allowed the student role to become more prominent in their identity hierarchies. The current findings support Brown and Hartley's (1998) suggestion that student athletes may invest in both the athlete and student role identities simultaneously and that investing in the latter may permit the exploration of nonsport career options.

Keywords: CAREER MATURITY; PSYCHOSOCIAL DEVELOPMENT

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2005

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