In an article entitled 1980 Olympics: David Rigert and Vasily Alexeev Weightlifting coach, Arkady Vorobyev talks about the end of Alexejevs career at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
Application: I have worked with international level athletes who terminated their career at an early chronological age because they felt they were done being athletes. I have never met an athlete who – at their own will - terminated their career prematurely if they still truly wanted to be athletes.
I have also worked with older athletes who terminated their careers while still performing at their best and then transitioned into successful lives with other goals.
I have also, from time to time, met athletes who kept training because they did not know what else to do.
Being a full time or professional athlete is part of a person’s life purpose. Due to the nature of top sports, however, this purpose is usually fulfilled at a relatively young age (20-40 years depending on the sport).
Help your athletes to “retire” at the right time and for the right reasons.
To your Success,