LONG-TERM INJURY: Thinking your way through the adjustment process

A sport career-ending injury, whether by sudden or chronic cumulative physical damage, usually has strong effects on the athlete and his social network. Often retirement from a sport precipitates an identity crisis that requires major readjustment in lifestyle and family and social relationships. This article outlines negative and positive factors in this adjustment process, and offers recommendations to anticipate and plan for this transition to minimize trauma and maximize life satisfaction.

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