The Athlete After the Last Buzzer: Athletic Identity Connections to the Real World


This phenomenological pilot study explores the athletic identity of former college male student athletes that are currently in their professional adult lives. The focus of this research is to capture and describe former male athletes’ views around (1) athletic identity, (2)self-determination, (3)academics, (4) success. Sources of data collected include semi-structured interviews, reflective memos, and writing samples. This study fills a gap of research that determines the impact of athletics on individuals’ lives after the end of their athletic journeys. The goal of this research is to create a framework in academia to internationally integrate athletics within educational policy and curriculums in order to create more successful and motivated generations.


Maria Savva
Student, PHD Candidate, St. John's University, New York, United States


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Paper Presentation in a Themed Session


Sport and Health


Athletic Identity, Self Actualization, Motivation, Student Athlete, Self- Determination theory

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