How Can We Reframe Sports Retirement?
Dr. Kirsten van Heerden | TEDxDurban

Retirement in sports continues to be one of the toughest shifts to go through by virtue of the incredible adjustment in lifestyle for the athletes. Do we really understand how tough this shift is? Can we look at ways to make this adjustment any better for the athletes? Dr Kirsten van Heerden is one of only a handful of people in South Africa to have both represented her country as an athlete and also hold a PhD in the area of sport psychology. She has worked and travelled extensively within high performance sport for more than 10 years and her services have been used by many Olympians, World Champions and South African sports teams.
Kirsten has many interests within the area of sport psychology and has recently published a book on the challenges athletes face when they retire from elite sport, and is also the founder and chairwoman on Girls Only Project – a non-profit company focusing on women in sport issues. Kirsten is currently in private practice in Durban at Newton Sports Agency. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at