The Liminars Project aims to provide  elite athletes and their supporters with strategies, methods, directions, and the skill sets required to effectively navigate the sport career transition into a productive and meaningful life after sports.


We focus on developing cutting edge knowledge informed by the science on the transition process of athletes, with a particular emphasis on the developmental process of a former athlete’s new career identity in their life after sport.


An integrated identity transition model has been developed to illustrate identity reformation processes and designed to help elite athletes establish a new career identity and make psychosocial adjustments once they leave the high-level competitive sport landscape. Through this conceptual model, innovative training and educational programs have been created and are delivered that assist athletes in acquiring the necessary career capital to facilitate the reformation of an identity and promote optimal psychosocial functioning post-sport life.  


Our research, training, evaluation work, and educational interventions on the sport career transition are powered by a team of experts at the Laboratory for Athlete and Athletics Development and Research (LAADR)

at University of Florida and catalyzed through partnerships

with the UF University Athletic Association and several athlete development practitioners throughout North America. 



Project Director

Elodie received her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2019 and currently serves as director of The Liminars Project, a research and training program devoted to athletes’ transition to life after sport. After finishing at UF last year, she joined Georgia State University as an As-sistant Professor in Sport Administration. Her research mainly focuses on the personal and athletic development of amateur and professional athletes with primary interests in the career identity development and the transition to life after sport. The overarching goal of her research is to examine identity formation processes and resources that can help both current and former elite athletes establish a new career identity, enhance their well-being, promote optimal psychosocial functioning post-sport life, and facilitate their adjustments once they leave the high-level competitive sport landscape. Her dissertation, assessing career identity status, career and psychosocial functioning, and transition expe-riences of former NCAA college athletes, was funded by the NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant.


Project Director

Dr. Michael Sagas currently serves as Professor of Sport Management at the University of Florida. Dr. Sagas also serves the university as the Faculty Athletics Representative and as a member of the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Experience Committee and the NCAA Research Committee.

Dr. Sagas conducts research on athlete development and founded the Laboratory for Athlete and Athletics Development and Research at UF (http://laadr.hhp.ufl.edu) to further disseminate and translate knowledge around athlete development.  Sagas has authored or coauthored over 100 refereed journal articles and is a Research Fellow of the North American Society for Sport Management.



Research Assistant

Emily Plunkett is a research fellow and sport management doctoral student in the University of Florida Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management. Plunkett has worked with college athletes for the past seven years and holds a certificate in athlete development from the Professional Association of Athlete Development Specialists (PAADS). Plunkett currently co-teaches a Sport Career Transition course aimed at preparing student-athletes for life after sports through career exploration and identity development. She also conducts research for the Laboratory for Athlete and Athletics Development and Research (LAADR) at UF.


Research Assistant

Melissa is a passionate “prac-ademic” is in her final year of the Ph.D. Sport Management program at the University of Florida. Her research agenda focuses on evaluating and improving wellbeing of amateur and elite athletes pursuing personal and professional betterment of their lives during and after sport. The long-term goal of her research is to bridge the research-practice gap and enhance interventions and policies designed to assist players’ personal and athletic development during life transitions. Her dissertation will assess career trajectory of athletes and how they can accentuate their transition experience through navigating their vocational identity statuses, behaviors, and environment.

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