Supporting adolescent athletes' dual careers: The role of an athlete's social support network
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Objectives The objectives of this study were to, (a) understand the role of the social support network in facilitating adolescent athletes' dual careers in sport and education, and; (b) gain insights into the factors that may optimize the provision of such support. Design A two-stage qualitative study. Method In stage one, four different sport and education settings in the UK were examined: A tennis academy, a football academy, a national field hockey squad, and a high-performance swimming squad. Interviews were conducted with two athletes and associated significant others from each setting. In stage two, nine current or former international athletes from a variety of sports and countries recalled their experiences of managing a dual career. Analysis was conducted following the procedures outlined by Miles, Huberman, and Saldaña (2014). Results Overall, athletes in stage one and two perceived that to maintain their dual careers, they were heavily dependent upon the support of significant others. The role of the support network was to recognize the demands of a dual career, anticipate problems, value education, minimize barriers, and create autonomy-supportive environments. Key factors to optimize such support were focusing on the whole person, providing integrated support, and fostering a culture that promotes continuing education. Conclusions Results indicate that athletes require particular types of support within their home, at school, and in their sport context to be able to manage their dual career. However, a range of individual and group-level factors may influence the extent to which such support is available to athletes.
Psychology of Sport and Exercise;
Knight, C. J., Harwood, C. G., & Sellars, P. (2018) 'Supporting adolescent athletes' dual careers: The role of an athlete's social support network', Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 38, pp. 137-147
Dynodwr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.06.007
Article published in Psychology of Sport and Exercise on 19 June 2018 (online) available at https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2018.06.007
Cardiff Metropolitan University (Grant ID: Cardiff Metropolian (Internal))
- Sport Research Groups 
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