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Mental guidance

About Extopsporter.nl

Extopsporter.nl is a website for (former) elite athletes. It contains all the information you need during or after your professional sports career, and it can give you a bit of a boost if you’re feeling stuck. Read more >> 

Going deep for Vancouver

Going deep for Vancouver is a very personal and candid documentary about former short track speed skater Margriet de Schutter, the road to the Olympic Games and the moment of quitting.

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Quitting professional sports vs. changing jobs

Quitting professional sports is often compared to changing jobs, but mentally it is very different. If you change jobs, it is often within the same basic field of work.

Quitting professional sports, however, doesn’t usually involve moving to another, comparable professional sport. Your environment changes, and as a person you often change your identity. In general, you tend to permanently say goodbye to the world you had been used to for years. It is not strange to want to give yourself some time to process this ‘loss’.