Researchers from the UK, Australia and Switzerland found that many elite athletes suffer from ‘post-Olympic let down’ after the games because they fail to think about what happens once they reach, or fail to reach, their sporting goals.
The immense lifestyle change can be tough for many athletes, who feel a great sense of loss and failure when they no longer have a clear goal to aim for.
Often, the skills gained throughout their sporting careers, such as perfectionism, self-belief and intense expectation can impede their chances of succeeding later on in life.
Once away from the competitive environment, such qualities can make integrating into social situations difficult. Suddenly self-centeredness stops being an asset and starts becoming a flaw – especially in office and team...