Transition Blues: The Experience of Female Collegiate Student-Athletes


  • Kelsie Saxe University of Idaho
  • Robin Hardin University of Tennessee
  • Elizabeth A. Taylor University of Tennessee
  • Josh R. Pate James Madison University



transitioning, women, student-athletes, NCAA


Ten female student-athletes in their third or fourth year of eligibility at an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) institution participated in an in-depth, semi-structured interview in order to gain a deeper understanding their transitioning experience.  A better understanding of those experiences will enable administrators, coaches, support staff, and other stakeholders to make more informed decisions regarding this population to assist them in their transition into collegiate athletics and out of collegiate athletics. The primary themes emerged from the interviews involving transition included their own transition in and out collegiate sport as well as the transition of their coaches and teammates. The findings provide a foundation to increase awareness of the issues female student-athletes face out of the realm of sport and to better assist them in the collegiate experience.

Author Biographies

Kelsie Saxe, University of Idaho

Kelsie Saxe is an assistant swimming at the University of Idaho.

Robin Hardin, University of Tennessee

Dr. Robin Hardin is a professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee.

Elizabeth A. Taylor, University of Tennessee

Elizabeth A. Taylor is a doctoral student in the Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, & Sport Studies at the University of Tennessee.

Josh R. Pate, James Madison University

Dr. Josh Pate is a Assistant Professor in the Hart School of Hospitality, Sport, and Recreation Management at James Madison University.


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