Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-38621
Title: Is Professional Soccer a Risk for Their “Lives Afterwards”? A Social-Sciences-Based Examination of Retired Professional Soccer Players from a Long-Term Perspective
Author(s): Barth, Michael
Schlesinger, Torsten
Pitsch, Werner
Language: English
Title: Journal of Risk and Financial Management
Volume: 15
Issue: 12
Publisher/Platform: MDPI
Year of Publication: 2022
Free key words: retirement
professional sport
DDC notations: 796 Sports
Publikation type: Journal Article
Abstract: Most professional soccer players’ careers end before their forties. Consequently, many of them face a relatively early retirement from their profession, thus facing multifaceted changes and potential issues of adjustments in different areas of their lives. Public discussion and therein expressed concerns have led to increased attention on the topic, notably among practitioners and researchers. This study described and analyzed central retirement transition and adjustment outcomes of ex-professional soccer players from a social sciences and long-term perspective. A total of 78 exprofessionals completed the online questionnaire, most of them having played in the highest German soccer division for several years and having retired from professional soccer 10 years or more ago. Overall, 8.9% (95% CI 2.5 to 21.2; n = 45) showed signs of mental health problems. Compared to the results of a gender- and age-matched sample from the German population, retired ex-professionals were significantly more satisfied with their life and their personal income, and assessed themselves as having a higher subjective social status. Although further evidence is necessary to draw any final conclusion, our results do not point to those publicly discussed concerning central retirement transition and adjustment outcomes of (average) former professional soccer players in the long run.
DOI of the first publication: 10.3390/jrfm15120609
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291--ds-386215
ISSN: 1911-8074
Date of registration: 23-Dec-2022
Faculty: HW - Fakultät für Empirische Humanwissenschaften und Wirtschaftswissenschaft
Department: HW - Sportwissenschaft
Professorship: HW - Prof. Dr. Eike Emrich
Collections:SciDok - Der Wissenschaftsserver der Universität des Saarlandes

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