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Preparing olympic athletes for lives outside of elite sport : toward best practice

Barker-Ruchti, Natalie ; Barker, Dean ; Lee, Jessica ; Rynne, Steven

(IOC Olympic Studies Centre Postgraduate Research Grant Programme 2011)

There is no doubt that Olympic performance requires an exceptional range of physical and psycho-social characteristics. Athletes must be determined, persistent, patient, and of course, develop extraordinary physical competencies. While one would assume that such characteristics would guarantee success in ‘normal lives’ beyond sport, research suggests that this is not always the case. While...