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I Almost Missed the Marathon

Self-determination, Injury, and Sport Termination


Author(s)

Andrew T. Johnson
Department of Psychology and Sociology
Park University
ajohnson@park.edu
Anna M. Jähn
Department of Psychology and Sociology
Park University
anna.jaehn@park.edu

Abstract

This case study is about a German man named Fritz Jähn. Fritz was physically active in his youth and an achievement-striving individual who was academically and professionally accomplished. He distinguished himself as an anesthesiologist and a father, but athletic competitions had been placed on hold. In his late 30s Fritz was inspired by a German Porsche ad: "By 40 years of age, a man has to have built a house, have fathered a son, have run a marathon, and driven a Porsche." Fritz was only missing the marathon, but with dedicated training he met this goal by the age of 40. He then progressed to triathlon events followed by five Ironman competitions. His competitive endeavors were terminated after an unsuccessful hallux valgus surgery in his 40s. This case study presents the details of these events along with information related to his personality dispositions, motivation, his response to sport injury, and sport termination. Designed for a sport psychology class, Fritz's story may be brought into any course that addresses concepts of identity, personality, motivation, lifespan development, and transition from profession.


Objectives

  • Identify cultural statements, proverbs, or advertisements that motivate individuals.
  • Discriminate aspects of intrinsic and extrinsic motivation.
  • Identify how cognitive appraisal, behavioral and emotional responses of an individual influence reactions to injury (Integrated Sport Injury Model).
  • Describe the key components of the Conceptual Model of Career Termination.

Keywords

psychology; motivation; sports medicine; sport psychology; self-determination theory; integrated model of sport injury; resilience; sport termination; career termination

Topical Areas

N/A

Educational Level

Undergraduate lower division, Undergraduate upper division

Format

PDF

Type / Methods

Analysis (Issues), Discussion

Language

English

Subject Headings

Psychology  |   Sports Science  |  


Date Posted

9/19/2017

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