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life after sport blog

This life after sport blog discusses issues around athlete career transition that will be of interest to athletes, coaches, medical staff, personal development managers and other support staff, with specific reference to holistic athlete development.

Our blog also includes our popular Athlete Stories series, where we allow athletes to share their stories of the sporting careers, their transitions and what they are currently doing.

As part of the Athlete Stories Interview Series, former Wallaby rugby star, Clyde Rathbone, shares some thoughts about his...

Athlete Stories: Clyde Rathbone (Rugby Union)

As part of the Athlete Stories Interview Series, former Wallaby rugby star, Clyde Rathbone, shares some thoughts about his...

As part of the Athlete Stories Interview Series, we speak to former English women's rugby player, Sam Mutimer, who...

Athlete Stories: Sam Mutimer (Women’s Rugby)

As part of the Athlete Stories Interview Series, we speak to former English women's rugby player, Sam Mutimer, who...

As part of the Athlete Stories Interview Series, former Rugby Union player, Ben Evans, shares his story on his...

Athlete Stories: Ben Evans (Rugby Union)

As part of the Athlete Stories Interview Series, former Rugby Union player, Ben Evans, shares his story on his...

Whilst a lot has been said about the emotional and career transitions on life after sport, surprisingly, very little...

Athlete Physical Transition Part 3 – Medical Support

Whilst a lot has been said about the emotional and career transitions on life after sport, surprisingly, very little...

Jerry Yanuyanutawa is a former Fijian and Brumbies rugby player who retired in the middle of 2016. Having studied...

Jerry Yanuyanutawa: “The number of athletes studying is deteriorating”

Jerry Yanuyanutawa is a former Fijian and Brumbies rugby player who retired in the middle of 2016. Having studied...

Caroline Anderson represented Australia in Taekwondo at the Olympics in Athens in 2004 and is the founder of Performance Edge...

Caroline Anderson on Dual Pathways: “It’s OK to have both Plan A and B”

Caroline Anderson represented Australia in Taekwondo at the Olympics in Athens in 2004 and is the founder of Performance Edge...

Caroline Anderson represented Australia in Taekwondo at the Olympics in Athens in 2004 and is the founder of Performance Edge...

[Audio] Caroline Anderson on Dual Pathway athletes: “It’s OK to have both Plan A and B”

Caroline Anderson represented Australia in Taekwondo at the Olympics in Athens in 2004 and is the founder of Performance Edge...

As part of the Athlete Stories Interview Series, former Olympic modern pentathlete, Ed Fernon, shares his story on his...

Athlete Stories: Ed Fernon (Modern Pentathlon)

As part of the Athlete Stories Interview Series, former Olympic modern pentathlete, Ed Fernon, shares his story on his...

As part of the Athlete Stories Interview Series, former Olympic modern pentathlete, Ed Fernon, shares his story on his...

Athlete Stories: Ed Fernon (Modern Pentathlon)

As part of the Athlete Stories Interview Series, former Olympic modern pentathlete, Ed Fernon, shares his story on his...

As part of the Athlete Stories series, Women's Rugby player, Oneata Schwalger, shares her story on her journey to...

Athlete Stories: Oneata Schwalger (Rugby Union and League)

As part of the Athlete Stories series, Women's Rugby player, Oneata Schwalger, shares her story on her journey to...

As part of the Athlete Stories series, we interview former Australian cyclist, Loren Rowney, and ask her what life...

Athlete Stories: Loren Rowney (Cycling)

As part of the Athlete Stories series, we interview former Australian cyclist, Loren Rowney, and ask her what life...

As part of the Athlete Stories series, former Rugby player, Greg Mumm, shares his story of his journey from...

Athlete Stories: Greg Mumm (Rugby Union)

As part of the Athlete Stories series, former Rugby player, Greg Mumm, shares his story of his journey from...

As part of the Athlete Stories Interview Series, former Kiwi and Wests Tigers rugby league player, Dene Halatau, shares...

Athlete Stories: Dene Halatau (Rugby League)

As part of the Athlete Stories Interview Series, former Kiwi and Wests Tigers rugby league player, Dene Halatau, shares...

As part of the Athlete Stories series, former rower, Peta Estens, shares her story of her rowing career, her...

Athlete Stories: Peta Estens (Rowing)

As part of the Athlete Stories series, former rower, Peta Estens, shares her story of her rowing career, her...

Whilst a lot has been said about the emotional and career transitions on life after sport, surprisingly, very little...

Athlete Physical Transition Part 2 – Strength and Conditioning

Whilst a lot has been said about the emotional and career transitions on life after sport, surprisingly, very little...

As part of the Athlete Stories series, former county cricketer, David Balcombe, shares the story of his career and...

Athlete Stories: David Balcombe (Cricket)

As part of the Athlete Stories series, former county cricketer, David Balcombe, shares the story of his career and...

What is financial stability, particularly when it comes to being an athlete? And, as an athlete, what can they...

10 strategies for athletes to follow when investing in a business

What is financial stability, particularly when it comes to being an athlete? And, as an athlete, what can they...

Professional athletes train hard; this is no secret of course. But what are the implications for an athlete when...

4 Considerations of Athlete Physical Transition from sport

Professional athletes train hard; this is no secret of course. But what are the implications for an athlete when...

Former Springbok media manager and SANZAR Communications & Marketing manager, Anthony Mackaiser, gives a different perspective on career transition...

All good things DO come to an end

Former Springbok media manager and SANZAR Communications & Marketing manager, Anthony Mackaiser, gives a different perspective on career transition...

Doping in sport. Three very divisive words which continually dominate the headlines globally. Sporting history is littered with stories...

Doping, genetic testing and life after sport

Doping in sport. Three very divisive words which continually dominate the headlines globally. Sporting history is littered with stories...

The performance benefits of holistic athlete development is well-known; "better people make better athletes". But is there a tendency...

Is Empathy The Enemy In Holistic Athlete Development?

The performance benefits of holistic athlete development is well-known; "better people make better athletes". But is there a tendency...

If you are an athlete that has the luxury of announcing your retirement from sport on your own terms,...

The Pros and Cons of announcing your retirement from sport early in the season

If you are an athlete that has the luxury of announcing your retirement from sport on your own terms,...

Athletes train to be tough. Sporting history is littered with stories of athletes overcoming great adversity, injury and setback. But...

Finding the Next Challenge: Athletes, injuries and dual pathways

Athletes train to be tough. Sporting history is littered with stories of athletes overcoming great adversity, injury and setback. But...

I had the pleasure recently of sharing the rugby training pitch with the Maidenhead Rugby Club and England &...

Will Greenwood: “The life of a professional sportsman is very selfish. The real world requires you to change”

I had the pleasure recently of sharing the rugby training pitch with the Maidenhead Rugby Club and England &...

The Final Whistle is privileged to announce that Managing Director Greg Mumm has been invited to be a guest...

Crossing the Line Summit: We speak to the Founder, Gearoid Towey

The Final Whistle is privileged to announce that Managing Director Greg Mumm has been invited to be a guest...

According to an article published in Forbes magazine, effective networking accounts for an estimated 70% of all job offers....

Athlete Networking: Why hiding in the corner is not good for your life after sport

According to an article published in Forbes magazine, effective networking accounts for an estimated 70% of all job offers....

There is a strong perception amongst both parents and their aspiring athlete children that they need to make a...

Are you worried about your child choosing sport as a career?

There is a strong perception amongst both parents and their aspiring athlete children that they need to make a...

As surfing enters the domain of being a ‘serious’ sport after being accepted into the Olympics, what lessons can...

Surfers: carefree drifters or elite professional athletes?

As surfing enters the domain of being a ‘serious’ sport after being accepted into the Olympics, what lessons can...

As surfing enters the domain of being a ‘serious’ sport after being accepted into the Olympics, what lessons can...

Surfistas: ¿Vagabundos despreocupados o atletas profesionales de élite?

As surfing enters the domain of being a ‘serious’ sport after being accepted into the Olympics, what lessons can...

The brave decision by the NRL this week to revert to a state-based development pathway in place of the...

How sacrificing social support networks can decrease motivation in athletes

The brave decision by the NRL this week to revert to a state-based development pathway in place of the...

It is fairly well understood that international cricketers get looked after financially. But what about the Sheffield Shield cricketer...

State of Pay: The financial challenges between State vs International professional sport contracts

It is fairly well understood that international cricketers get looked after financially. But what about the Sheffield Shield cricketer...

Following the two incredibly exciting AFL and NRL grand finals a few weekends ago, a number of high-profile players...

Grand Finale: Top 10 NRL players who retired in 2016

Following the two incredibly exciting AFL and NRL grand finals a few weekends ago, a number of high-profile players...

We explore gender equality in a sporting context and speak to one of Australia's most recognised female athletes, Alicia...

Women’s Sport: The Real Deal

We explore gender equality in a sporting context and speak to one of Australia's most recognised female athletes, Alicia...

Following the two incredibly exciting AFL and NRL grand finals a few weekends ago, a number of high-profile players...

Grand Finale: Top 10 AFL athletes who retired in 2016

Following the two incredibly exciting AFL and NRL grand finals a few weekends ago, a number of high-profile players...

With the A-League and European Football leagues in full swing now, there is always talk of the next Messi,...

Born with it or built to win? Talent identification vs Talent development

With the A-League and European Football leagues in full swing now, there is always talk of the next Messi,...

Worried about leaving your existing network behind while you're overseas travelling? Former Hawthorn Hawk Max Bailey lifts the lid...

7 smart strategies to keep your network hot when you’re not around

Worried about leaving your existing network behind while you're overseas travelling? Former Hawthorn Hawk Max Bailey lifts the lid...

A new breed of Athlete Entrepreneurs are starting their own enterprises, and more are starting this journey whilst still...

Jason Nightingale talks about his journey creating the Elite Athlete Business School

A new breed of Athlete Entrepreneurs are starting their own enterprises, and more are starting this journey whilst still...

Whilst both of the weekend's Grand Finals showcased tremendous athleticism and skill, it was not simply a one-off. So...

Pre-Season to Premiership Glory: Managing Athletes Through a Season

Whilst both of the weekend's Grand Finals showcased tremendous athleticism and skill, it was not simply a one-off. So...

The dollars spent by companies and organisations on sponsoring athletes and sporting events and organisations is astronomical. But there...

Why a sponsored athlete with a network is a more employable athlete

The dollars spent by companies and organisations on sponsoring athletes and sporting events and organisations is astronomical. But there...

Is it possible that the fanfare around our budding superstars in elite athlete development programs is setting them up...

Schoolyard Hero to Adult Zero: How education can overcome the self-esteem hurdle in Elite Athlete Development

Is it possible that the fanfare around our budding superstars in elite athlete development programs is setting them up...

With the Paralympics in full swing, we have been fortunate to witness amazing feats of skill and athleticism, inspiring...

Balancing employment and the Paralympics: Accessibility is key!

With the Paralympics in full swing, we have been fortunate to witness amazing feats of skill and athleticism, inspiring...

The 15th Summer Paralympic Games gets underway today in Rio, but there is one challenge for the Paralympians that...

How Paralympian athletes afford to attend the Games

The 15th Summer Paralympic Games gets underway today in Rio, but there is one challenge for the Paralympians that...

With a recent shift in employer appetites from competency-based assessment to that of a candidate's future potential, many of...

How sport can increase your employability in a changing market

With a recent shift in employer appetites from competency-based assessment to that of a candidate's future potential, many of...

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