ATHLETE IDENTITY

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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.

ATHLETE IDENTITY: "The person had a strong athlete identity and had problems viewing him or herself as anything else."
Cite this page: N., Sam M.S., "ATHLETE IDENTITY," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/athlete-identity/ (accessed July 3, 2022).

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