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Retirement from sport: Bow out like Beckham

With the end of the football season just around the corner, some footballers will be thinking seriously about retirement. Perhaps their contract is not going to be renewed, age is catching up with them or they just know that the time is right to hang up their boots for good. Retirement from sport is challenging …

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Resilience: bouncing back after retirement

How to bounce back after retirement For many athletes the extinction of the Olympic flame represents the end of a sporting career. Some achieved beyond their wildest dreams in Rio, ending on a high. But for every success story there are also many tales of bad luck, injury or underperformance on the world’s biggest stage. …

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Athletic Identity: Fabian Cancellara

Coping with a loss of athletic identity Swiss cycling legend Fabian Cancellara, also known as Spartacus, won a gold medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio and plans to retire in the same year, but how will he cope when he’s no longer a champion cyclist? Coping with a loss of identity is common for …

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Life after sport: Accept your time is running out

Life after sport: Accept retirement If there is one certainty in sport, it is that you will retire and find yourself having to deal with life after sport one day. No one can guarantee the end date. You may have the good fortune to bow out on your own terms, when and where you choose. …

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