Examining the Athletic Career Experiences of Canadian Major Junior Hockey Players
Keywords:athletes, athletic career transition, interpretative phenomenological analysis, qualitative
This project explored the unique athletic career experiences of Canadian major junior hockey players. Six recently retired players’ experiences were collected using semi-structured, qualitative interviews that were analyzed in accordance with the interpretative phenomenological analysis method. Themes identified in each participant’s account of their CHL experiences were compared and contrasted across all participants to generate an in-depth portrayal that gave voice to participants’ career experiences. The findings have the potential to enhance career and mental health practitioners understandings of the
specific sport context, whereby highlighting important considerations when working with athletes undergoing personal and/or career transition.
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