"What's Next?" Empowering the Transitioning Athlete
Collegiate and professional athlete transitions are unique due to the typical length of preparation, intense level of identity and connectedness, and the unpredictable nature of when one’s career can end.This often leads to identity foreclosure, where an athlete sacrifices their education and additional identity options or career aspirations. We know that the more you prepare to transition out of the original dream, the more time you have to focus on the next dream and move into the reality of a new working life. Transition is eased for athletes who engage in continuous learning and when a transition plan is securely in place before the athletic experience ends. This panel will delve into the effects of transition and what can be done to help athletes prepare for life outside of sport.
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Additional Supporting Materials
- Explore the connection between identity and the athlete – how does our current sport model lead to athletes’ identity foreclosure?
- How can teams and leagues set their players up for success after their playing career?
- What is being offered to assist players with their transition?
- Kenneth L. Shropshire, CEO, Global Sport Institute
- Mori Taheripour, Faculty Member, Sport Business Consultant, The Wharton School and MT Global Strategies
- Jacques McClendon, Director of Player Engagement, Los Angeles Rams
- Karen L. Gallagher, Clinical Associate Professor and Research Consultant, ASU Veteran Cognition and Academic Success Research Project
Stephon Preston, Executive Assistant to the CEO, Global Sport Institute