the degree to which an individual defines him- or herself by his or her ability as an athlete. Essentially, this falls within the domain of self-concept. Individuals who rely strongly on the athletic role to define themselves as a person, are especially vulnerable to mental health problems at the end of their involvement in sporting activity.
What is ATHLETE IDENTITY?
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ATHLETE IDENTITY: "The person had a strong athlete identity and had problems viewing him or herself as anything else."
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