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.
- Carey Goldberg, co-host of WBUR's CommonHealth blog
- Dr. Matthew Krouner, Brookline Community Mental Health Center
This segment aired on May 15, 2012.