Dual ‘education and elite sport’ career support: a systematic review

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The dual ‘elite sport and education‘ career has received a lot of attention during the past decade, especially since the publishing of the EU Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes (2012). The exponential amount of research in this field, calls for a systematic review on the available dual career support literature. Themes under review are sample characteristics, research methodology and the content of dual career support. The literature is evaluated from a developmental and holistic (i.e. sport, education/vocation, psychological, psychosocial and financial) perspective using the Holistic Athletic Career Model (Wylleman, Reints & De Knop, 2013). Results reveal a research focus on structural and organizational dual career initiatives and on transitional dual career support research, whereas research on the resources of dual career support (e.g. competences of dual career support providers) is lacking. Suggestions are made for future directions of dual career support (research). EU Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes. Recommended policy actions in support of dual careers in high-performance sport (2012). Brussels: Sport Unit of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission. Wylleman, P., Reints, A., & De Knop, P. (2013). A developmental and holistic perspective on athletic career development. In P. Sotiaradou & V. De Bosscher (Eds.), Managing high performance sport (pp. 159-182). New York, NY: Routledge.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationVUB PhD Research Day
Subtitle of host publicationProgramme and Abstracts
PublisherVrije Universiteit Brussel
PagesNo page numbers
Publication statusPublished - 27 May 2016
EventVUB PhD Day 2016 - Brussels, Belgium
Duration: 26 May 2016 → …


ConferenceVUB PhD Day 2016
Period26/05/16 → …


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