Exercise and Well-Being after High-Performance Sport explores whether high-performance athletes have healthy and prosperous relationships with exercise and well-being after retirement from elite sports. This edited collection is the first of its kind to bring together sociologically informed accounts from former high-performance athletes about their retirement experiences and post-sporting careers.
The chapters combine creative narrative writing and social theory to frame the experiences of exercise and well-being after retirement from high-performance sport. Written by former high-performance athletes who are now socio-cultural sports scholars, the authors explore how retiring from elite sport impacted their relationship to exercise and physical activity, identity, and long-term mental health.
This book is key reading for graduate and postgraduate students, as well as academics and researchers interested in sports retirement experiences, sport sociology, mental health, and well-being.
LUKE JONES, ZOË AVNER, AND JIM DENISON
1 Professional Sport: An Ill-Fitting Suit?
2 Aesthetics of Existence Post-elite Sport Performances: Negotiating the Critic and the Complicit Elite Athlete Self
3 Learning to Look Through the Body Rather than At It: An Athlete’s Attempt to Re-configure Their Relationship with Exercise
4 A Hard Habit to Break: Epiphanies Stop Coming – If I Ain’t Running!
5 From Disciplined Body to Foucauldian Ethical Thinker: A Transformational Tale of a High-Performance Baseball Player
6 The Continuation of ‘Slim to Win’: The Sustained Impact of a Dominant Cultural Ideology on One Athlete Post-sport
JENNY MCMAHON AND KERRY R. MCGANNON
7 Finally … for the Joy of It All: A Corporeal Reconciliation Narrative of a Former College Distance Runner
8 Moving in Different Circles
9 Moving Afresh: A Narrative and Foucauldian Analysis of Transitioning to New Movement Practices
ZOË AVNER, LUKE JONES, AND JIM DENISON