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Motives for Dropout Among Former Junior Elite Caribbean Track and Field Athletes: A Qualitative Investigation

Thomas, Candice, Chambers, Timothy, Main, Luana and Gastin, PB 2021, Motives for Dropout Among Former Junior Elite Caribbean Track and Field Athletes: A Qualitative Investigation, Frontiers in sports and active living, vol. 3, pp. 1-13, doi: 10.3389/fspor.2021.696205.

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Title Motives for Dropout Among Former Junior Elite Caribbean Track and Field Athletes: A Qualitative Investigation
Author(s) Thomas, CandiceORCID iD for Thomas, Candice orcid.org/0000-0002-8776-4358
Chambers, TimothyORCID iD for Chambers, Timothy orcid.org/0000-0002-2173-8907
Main, LuanaORCID iD for Main, Luana orcid.org/0000-0002-9576-9466
Gastin, PB
Journal name Frontiers in sports and active living
Volume number 3
Article ID 696205
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Frontiers Media
Place of publication Lausanne, Switzerland
Publication date 2021-07
ISSN 2624-9367
Keyword(s) athlete burnout
junior-elite
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
motivational atmosphere
psychosocial influences
Science & Technology
Sport Sciences
talent development
PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
SENIOR TRANSITION
SPORT
MOTIVATION
STRESS
INJURY
EXPERIENCES
CAREERS
SUPPORT
BURNOUT
Summary Anecdotal reports within the Caribbean track and field fraternity have revealed that there is a high level of athlete dropout from competitive sport at the junior-elite level, and a poor transition to senior-elite status. Consequently, this qualitative investigation explored the key motives that may have contributed toward the unsuccessful transitions and ensuing dropout of Caribbean track and field athletes during the junior to senior transition period. Eleven former junior-elite track and field athletes (four males, seven females; Mage = 29, SD ± 4.2 years) from four English-speaking Caribbean islands participated in semi-structured interviews. Following an inductive and deductive thematic analysis, four higher order themes were identified: (1) “there's not enough support”; (2) “felt pressure to make sure I committed”; (3) “it's always competitive here”; and (4) “battle with the injuries.” For these former junior-elite Caribbean athletes, the decision on whether to continue within the sport was influenced by a combination of factors, although inadequate financial and organizational support had the most bearing on athletes' decision to drop out during the crucial transition years. Implications for consideration by key stakeholders and policymakers within the region are discussed.
Language eng
DOI 10.3389/fspor.2021.696205
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30154023

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