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      “After the Dust Settles”: Foucauldian Narratives of Retired Athletes' “Re-orientation” to Exercise


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          One aspect of sports retirement that has been overlooked until recently is the manner in which retired athletes relate to, and seek to redefine, the meaning of exercise in their post-sport lives. In this article, three Foucauldian scholars present and analyze a series of vignettes concerning their own sense-making and meaning-making about exercise following their long-term involvement in high-performance soccer (authors one and two) and distance running (author three). In doing so, this paper aims to underline the problematic legacy of high-performance sport for retiring athletes' relationship to movement and exercise, and to highlight how social theory, and Foucauldian theorization in particular, can serve to open new spaces and possibilities for thinking about sports retirement.

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              Discipline and Punish : The Birth of the Prison

              <b>A brilliant work from the most influential philosopher since Sartre.</b> <br><br>In this indispensable work, a brilliant thinker suggests that such vaunted reforms as the abolition of torture and the emergence of the modern penitentiary have merely shifted the focus of punishment from the prisoner's body to his soul.

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                Front Sports Act Living
                Front. Sports Act. Living
                Frontiers in Sports and Active Living
                Frontiers Media S.A.
                08 July 2022
                : 4
                : 901308
                [1] 1Department of Sport Health and Exercise Science, University of Hull , Hull, United Kingdom
                [2] 2Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation, Northumbria University , Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
                [3] 3Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation, University of Alberta , Edmonton, AB, Canada
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                Edited by: Eleanor Peters, Edge Hill University, United Kingdom

                Reviewed by: Natalie Barker-Ruchti, Örebro University, Sweden; Göran Gerdin, Linnaeus University, Sweden

                *Correspondence: Luke Jones l.k.jones@ 123456hull.ac.uk

                This article was submitted to The History, Culture and Sociology of Sports, a section of the journal Frontiers in Sports and Active Living

                Copyright © 2022 Jones, Avner and Denison.

                This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

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