3 Years Needed for the Transition to Life After Sport

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Three Years Needed for the Transition to Life After Sport

Media Release: 2 May 2017

It is crucial athletes are aware that it takes an average of 3 years to transition to life after sport, with the process best started well before the final whistle blows.

Greg Mumm, former rugby player and international coach said retiring from a sporting career, regardless of the echelons reached, equates to switching sporting codes or being made redundant, but with an added twist as highlighted on the ABC Four Corners program, After the Game.

“Most athletes spend more than a decade completely immersed in their sporting career, usually from a young age and at the exclusion of all else – even more so for those striving to crack the big time,” said Greg.

Lauren Jackson, the world’s top female basketballer for some time, advised athletes to ‘find out who you are now because the journey stops really quick’ which further highlights the need to start transition well in advance.

“For those who do make it to the top, after retirement – the bright lights of electrified stadiums darken; the structure and routine of all day, every day with teammates is no longer; and the shine of public identity only reflects what was past,” said Greg.

Greg is now Managing Director of The Final Whistle, specialising in athlete career education and transition. He believes preparedness for sporting retirement requires an in-depth awareness of ‘next season’ and an understanding of what it takes to be happy after the roar of the crowd comes to a hush.

He professes that transition requires the address of five key components – physical, financial, career, head space, and relationships – all from an individual perspective.

Importantly, it is not just the top athletes who confront difficulties to transition to life after sport. It is often the sportspeople who commit more than a decade striving to reach the heights of their sport but don’t quite make it or perhaps only briefly.

“Athletes are accustomed to working off a game plan but they are unaccustomed to look at the season after sport. That requires match fitness of a difference kind – matching values, family, passions and transferable skills with that of potential career options, industries, and employers. That takes awareness, time and an adjusted mindset,” said Greg.

“Even if match fit for life after sport, there are no guarantees that difficulties with mental wellness, financial or relationship stress will be eliminated. However, by investing in a career transition process, the chances of adversity are considerably lessened,” Greg concluded.

For more information or to schedule an interview, please contact Rob Flude on rob@thefinalwhistle.com or 0424 162 848.

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