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Radio Boston host Anthony Brooks, left, with former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield at WBUR, Friday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Radio Boston host Anthony Brooks, left, with former Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield at WBUR, Friday. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield's has told Radio Boston's Anthony Brooks that his retirement after seventeen seasons has been a "process."

But what is this "process" Wakefield was referring to? What happens when an athlete, professional or amateur, can no longer participate in sports? For many, it's a difficult transition, with little available support. Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR's CommonHealth blog, became interested in this question when she saw a flyer on her gym's bulletin board with the headline "A Group for Former Athletes". The flyer was posted by Dr. Matthew Krouner, a post-doctoral fellow in clinical psychology, who has found that losing one's sport can result in a loss of identity.

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This segment aired on May 15, 2012.

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