The challenges of sport success for professional athletes

Brennan Petersen*, Cole E. Giffin, Thierry R. F. Middleton, Robert J. Schinke

*Corresponding author for this work

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The often-idealized life of professional athletes can include an array of challenges that come along with competing at the professional level. In this chapter, we examine some of the challenges professional athletes encounter. Drawing from empirically based research and media articles, topics explored within this chapter include increased pressures and demands, relocating, injuries, and retirement. We unpack each topic by examining related stressors, stressor effects, exemplar anecdotes, and recommendations for sport psychology practitioners to address these stressors and effects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Clinical Sport Psychology
EditorsDonald R. Marks, Andrew T. Wolanin, Kendahl M. Shortway
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9780429330971
ISBN (Print)9780367347277, 9781032038599
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jul 2021


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