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date: 04 August 2020

Psychological Considerations for the Older Athlete 

Source:
The Oxford Encyclopedia of Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology
Author(s):
Bradley W. YoungBradley W. Young, Bettina CallaryBettina Callary, Scott RathwellScott Rathwell

The phenomenon of the older athlete has received increasing attention in popular media and has been the focus of a growing body of empirical works in the past 2 decades. Although most research and literature in sport psychology pertains to youth, adolescents, or young adults (e.g., college-aged or professional athletes), there has been significant growth in studies of middle-aged and older adults involved in organized sport. The growth of this literature is relevant considering the changing and ever-aging demographics of Westernized countries where sport has sometimes been counted as a modality for promoting active aging (... ...

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