A Qualitative Exploration of Former College Student-Athletes' Wellness

Shane Warehime, Danae Dinkel, Abby Bjornsen-Ramig, Ashley Blount

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College student-athletes (SAs) may experience difficulties while transitioning from college, which could reduce their overall wellness. However, it is essential to understand positive transition experiences and outcomes, as this can guide future research and intervention efforts. The purpose of this study was to explore the factors that led to higher levels of wellness in former SAs. Semi-structured interviews guided by the Indivisible Self Model were completed with former SAs (n = 12). Overall, participants displayed high levels of wellness - most prominently in terms of work and exercise. Many SAs perceived their current wellness was equal, if not better compared to when they were SAs. These results illustrate examples of successful transitions of former SAs, which can guide future research and interventions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-34
Number of pages12
JournalPhysical Culture and Sport, Studies and Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 1 2017


  • indivisible self model
  • sport retirement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cultural Studies
  • Education
  • Tourism, Leisure and Hospitality Management


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