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5 | 139 Career, family, and sport participation: a simultaneous exhibition? life events as time-consuming and to a high degree obligatory. This resulted in a perceived shortage of leisure time in general and for sport participation in particular: “During my master’s degree at the business university I trained less. I even stopped training during weekdays for a whole year. No there was no time for that, we had to study so hard there. That made it impossible to combine.” (Marijn) “But then you notice that you have less time for sport due to work.” (Nina) “I started a relationship with [partner’s name] and spent time with him, and worked 32 hours a week, so that already resulted in less time for sport. And actually, the moment the relationship turned out to be serious, I just didn’t have the time for sport anymore.” (Lotte) “Lack of time is everything, I think. Especially when my son was born.” (Mark) In addition, the timing and location of the new event-related responsibilities and activities were to a large extent fixed and often dependent on others. Participants expressed they were bound to their school or work hours and locations, the planning of their partner, and caring needs of their child(ren). This diminished individual flexibility and led to a further decrease in temporal resources for sport participation, in terms of less flexible planning options due to a joint schedule and a lack of time slots suitable for sport participation: “Work continues, you can’t just say at work: ‘I’ll go work half-days!’.” (Mark) “Together we care for [child’s name], so one of us has to be at home at all times. This means that half of my leisure time in which I could practise sport actually falls away.” (Marijn) Working irregular hours and the accumulation of life events (thus fulfilling different roles simultaneously) led to extra temporal constraints in particular: “Especially the irregularity of my work, that is a big drain on your, uh, your leisure.” (Rob)

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