Exploring the Conceptualization and Persistence of Disordered Eating in Retired Swimmers

Cooper, Hannah and Winter, Stacy (2017) Exploring the Conceptualization and Persistence of Disordered Eating in Retired Swimmers. Journal of Clinical Sport Psychology, 11 (3).

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Disordered eating is a psychological ailment that befalls many athletes and can persist into re-tirement. Links have been established between disordered eating and societal and sport-specific pressures; however, little research has focused on the perspective of retired athletes in a time-based sport. The purpose of the current research was to explore the conceptualization of disor-dered eating in relation to swimming participation, how retirement affects eating patterns, and ways to mitigate disordered eating. Following IPA methodological guidelines, a homogeneous sample of retired swimmers (N = 6) were chosen for semi-structured, participant-driven inter-views determined by scores on a disordered eating questionnaire. Three superordinate themes were revealed: (1) Pressures Unique to Swimming, (2) Transition to Eating Pattern Awareness, and (3) Maintaining Ideal Eating Patterns in Retirement. The results revealed a combination of novel findings and expansion of previous data on disordered eating. Suggestions for applications of current findings and for future research are also discussed.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: As accepted for publication. The published Version of Record is (c) Human Kinetics.
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 150 Psychology
100 Philosophy & psychology > 158 Applied psychology
School/Department: School of Sport, Health and Applied Science
Depositing User: Stacy Winter
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2017 07:54
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2017 09:46
URI: http://research.stmarys.ac.uk/id/eprint/1707


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