Call for Papers | “Transitions in Sport Life” | Special issue of Sport in Society. Call ends October 1, 2017

Guest Editors

    • Dr. Florian Kiuppis, Catholic University of Applied Sciences Freiburg
    • Dr. Natalia Stambulova, Halmstad University (Sweden)

Focus and Topic

Transitions in sport life is a rapidly growing research and applied area in sport sciences – especially in sport psychology and sport sociology. Athletes’ successful coping with sport transitions ensures long-lasting, fulfilling and healthy athletic careers, while poor coping leads to crisis transitions. These are often followed by premature dropout from sports and various health-related problems (e.g. depression, drug abuse, eating disorders). Transitions are no less important in the life of coaches, managers, referees and other stakeholders involved in the current global sport industry. All transitions unfold in certain historical, sociocultural and athletic contexts shaping transition processes and influencing transition outcomes. Media and mobility play an increasing role in developing sport life narratives and meaning-making with regards to athletes’ development and transitions in their life course.

This special issue is aimed at: (a) bringing together original transition research contributing to better understanding of various transitions in sport life (e.g. normative, non-normative and quasi-normative) and also of different athletic populations (e.g. able-bodied and athletes with disabilities, male and female athletes, coaches, referees, and sport managers), (b) advancing theoretical and methodological contributions to the Transitions in Sport Life theme and (c) stimulating a dialogue and exchanges of ideas between transition researchers representing different sport sciences (mainly psychology and sociology).

Papers are invited, but not limited, to contribute to the following themes:

  • Athletes’ normative transitions within career transitions (e.g. junior-to-senior, amateur-to-professional, dual career transitions in sport and education)
  • Athletic retirement and adaptation in post-sport life
  • Athletes’ non-normative (e.g. injury, deselection) and quasi-normative transitions (e.g. cultural transitions, transitions to residential high-performance centres, important competitions as career transitions)
  • Crisis transitions and relevant support
  • Transitions in context of physical education;
  • Sport, socialization and inclusion (e.g. people with disabilities)
  • Role of environment in athletes’ transitions
  • Transitions and identity development
  • Transitions of coaches, managers, referees and other sport stakeholders
  • Gender issues in sport transitions
  • Media representations of transitional sports people
  • Psychological support in transitions of sport people

We invite well contextualized, theoretically and methodologically sounded papers based on empirical quantitative, qualitative, or mixed-method projects, case studies, and applied research (e.g. support system in the transitions). Papers should not exceed 8,000 words and be designed according to the Instructions for Authors.

Time Frame

Submission of interest notifications deadline: 1 October 2017
Paper proposals submitted to by: 1 November2017
Authors notified of acceptance by 1 December 2017
Completed manuscripts from selected authors to be submitted by: 1 May 2018
Reviewing, revisions and writing editorial: MayNovember, 2018
Special issue ready: December, 2018


This special issue seeks to bring together new research and theoretically informed papers to contribute to an understanding of the Transition phenomenon and establish a foundation for future scholarship. This special issue invites papers that can contribute to new research agenda on Transitions.

Manuscrict Submission

Manuscripts for the Transitions in Sport Life special issue should be submitted online by 1 May 2018 at

In the submission process, authors should note submission for the Transitions in Sport Life special issue in a cover letter. Manuscripts should not exceed 7,000 words (inclusive of references, endnotes, tables and figures) and Instructions for Authors follow the Instructions for Authors. All manuscripts will be subject to peer review under the supervision of the special issue Guest Editors and the Editor-in-Chief. Expressions of interest, abstracts for consideration and questions may be directed to Florian Kiuppis at .

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