ABOUT US

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. 

THE LIMINARS TEAM

ELODIE WENDLING

Project Director

Elodie is currently completing her final year of the Ph.D. in Sport Management at University of Florida. Her research mainly focuses on the personal and athletic development of amateur and professional athletes with a primary interest in the identity development and reformation during the critical transition to life after sport. The overarching goal of my research is to examine psychosocial processes and resources that enhance current and former elite athletes’ well-being and facilitate their adjustment to life without competitive sport. Her dissertation, assessing identity statuses, psychosocial functioning, and transition experiences of former college athletes, has been funded by the NCAA Graduate Student Research Grant.

MICHAEL SAGAS

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.

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EMILY PLUNKETT

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.

MELISSA WEINSZ

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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