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A British university case study of the transitional experiences of student-athletes

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posted on 18.04.2016, 14:11 by Daniel J. Brown, David FletcherDavid Fletcher, Ian Henry, Andy Borrie, Jo Emmett, Alan Buzza, Simon Wombwell
OBJECTIVES. Within Great Britain, increasing numbers of elite sport performers are attending higher education institutions. The current study presents an exploration of the transitional experiences of these individuals at a specific British university. Wylleman and Lavallee's (2004) developmental model on transitions faced by athletes and Stambulova's (1997, 2003) athletic career transition model were used to provide the theoretical foundation of inquiry. DESIGN AND METHOD. An instrumental case study design was adopted to provide an in-depth analysis of student-athletes’ experiences at a university. The case university was selected based on its provision of elite sport support services. To acquire a holistic understanding, interviews were conducted with current and recently graduated student-athletes from the university, and focus groups were run with university staff (viz. administrators, coaches, and support staff). Qualitative data were analyzed using a thematic framework approach. RESULTS. Elite student-athletes at the British university were found to experience simultaneous athletic, academic, psychological, and psychosocial transitions. To overcome the transitional demands, student-athletes were found to draw on a variety of internal (e.g., self-awareness) and external (e.g., academic flexibility) resources and to implement coping strategies (e.g., seeking social support). Potential barriers to successful transitions were also identified (e.g., parental overprotection). CONCLUSIONS. These findings advance the limited existing literature on British university student-athletes’ transitional experiences and suggestions are provided for how other universities can enhance provision for their elite student-athletes.

Funding

This research was supported in part by grants from the Loughborough University Sport Development Centre and the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS).

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

PSYCHOLOGY OF SPORT AND EXERCISE

Volume

21

Pages

78 - 90 (13)

Citation

BROWN, D. ... et al., 2015. A British university case study of the transitional experiences of student-athletes. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 21, pp.78-90.

Publisher

© Elsevier

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2015

Notes

This paper was accepted for publication in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise and the definitive published version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2015.04.002

ISSN

1469-0292

Language

en