Current Athletes Training Expectations For Retirement
The purpose of this survey is to gain a general understanding of athletes in their strength and fitness transition from professional/competitive sports to retirement. With your answers, I hope to identify current gaps and needs that exist as people transition out of a life dedicated to training for and playing a sport at a high level.
Retired athletes come from a variety of sports, countries and genders as well as generations. I would like your answers to be true to your experience and not in anticipation of what changes you have seen happen in the league, sport or federation you work in.
My hope is that in the next 10 years I can work with others to create a better world and fill in the gaps where they are not being addressed, as well as to identify where there is no need for further attention. I expect differences to occur along gender lines, by country, and by sport to some degree. Please be as honest and as thoughtful as possible in answering these questions, and give yourself time to not feel rushed.
This survey should take 10-15 minutes of your time. I really appreciate it!
What is your gender identity?
Prefer not to say
Current country of residence:
What geographic regions are/have been based professionally or collegiately for your sport? (check all that apply)
Austrailia/ New Zealand
Do you plan to retire from sports in the next 2-3 years?
What sport and level did you play as a professional or compete at in a high level? (i.e. Soccer - NWSL, Figure Skating - Preliminary Singles)
Do you currently struggle with injuries? If so, what general injuries are you suffering through?
Do you worry that those injuries may impact your life after retirement?
No. Its not a concern
Yes, I am afraid I will be unable to do many activities because of them.
What type of work do have interest in doing when you retire from professional/ elite sports? (check all that apply)
Sedentary/ Office Work
Performance, Personal or Fitness Training
Stay at Home Parent
How do you plan to transition your training in retirement?
I train will exactly the same way that I always have.
I will do basically the same things, but scaled back a bit.
Trying to figure that out!
I will find a new way to train that is better suited to life after sports and/or the injuries I picked up.
I dont think I will continue to do any kind of regular strength or fitness training.
What are your greatest concerns about fitness for when you retire? (check all that apply)
Functionality due to mobility (being able to live my life and do day to day tasks due to mobility issues)
Functionality due to pain. (pain interfering with your day to day life and tasks.)
Keeping my athletic look and a good physical appearance.
Keeping generally healthy.
Staying challenged and continuing to compete recreationally in sport.
What additional knowledge, training, assistance or resources would you like to have to help with your physical training for when you retire?
Do you plan to find a new sport or a way to continue with your old sport in retirement? If so, what do you have in mind? ( Rec leagues, from soccer to baseball, figure skating to curling etc.)
To what degree has your training provided and orchestrated by your club or federation?
It is all up to me, all the time.
I have occasional team/group/ club trainings available, but was mostly left on my own.
I have excellent in-season resources, but have to hire my own trainers, or resources in the off-season.
I have support year round, and a very detailed program.
At what age/level (if any) did you start to receive good guidance in your strength training program?
As soon as I turned pro
Part way into my professional career
Do you believe you would have benefited or avoided more injuries from earlier guidance and assistance if it had been available?
Were any training options/guidance programs available to you in your youth?
Regarding the previous question, if training options were available and you did not or could not use them, what were the barriers that kept you from using them?
What are your biggest frustrations in regard to the strength and fitness training you have experienced from your beginnings in the sport to present?
From a fitness perspective, If you could improve the way athletes in your sport and gender transition into retirement, what would you do differently?
Feel free to give any additional feedback, thoughts or input you wish to mention in regards to this survey, fitness in your athletic career, or post athletic career.
Are you willing to be contacted by email if I have additional questions about your responses?
Thank you for your time and input! I know athletes get asked to do a lot of surveys.
Send me a copy of my responses.
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