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Exercise attitudes and behaviours among retired female collegiate athletes

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posted on 25.01.2017 by Carolyn Plateau, Trent A. Petrie, Anthony Papathomas
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.

Funding

This study was part of a larger investigation funded by the National Collegiate Athletic Association Sport Science Institute.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Psychology of Sport and Exercise

Volume

29

Pages

111-115

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.

Publisher

© Elsevier

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Acceptance date

04/01/2017

Publication date

2017-01-05

Notes

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.

ISSN

1469-0292

Language

en

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