Despite people’s love of sport, we know very little about athletes’ retirement experience, which is particularly true for sports that are out of mainstream media. These exceptional individuals deserve our attention! Knowing as much as possible is just good common sense.
The ATQ is uniquely capable of addressing a wide range of athlete factors associated with the retirement process and wellness across all sports. Using these data, we can see how athletes vary regarding sport and position played, career and retirement experiences, support systems and services utilized, and well-being regarding their cognition, mental, social, behavioral, physical, and financial health.
We want to educate sport programs, support systems, and fans about the actual experiences of athletes transitioning from their sport. Doing so will improve the allocation and implementation of resources and direct health care providers to better focus on at-risk individuals.