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Mind the gap: a grounded theory of dual career pathways in sport

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posted on 20.09.2019, 14:49 by Emily Deason, David FletcherDavid Fletcher, Christine CouplandChristine Coupland, Guy Taylor
The purpose of this study is to identify and examine individuals’ experiences of and the outcomes of sport and education or vocational development, with the intention to establish an overarching theory of dual career (DC) pathways in sport. Because the contrasting experiences and outcomes of a DC are largely unguided by a theoretical model, the grounded theory method was selected to address the research aim. Seventeen DC athletes took part in a life-story interview; these were analyzed, along with previous literature, to develop a conceptual understanding of the research area. The findings that emerged from this study supported a categorization of DC experiences into 3 pathways: a sporting pathway, an educational/vocational pathway, and a DC pathway. The overarching themes of these pathways were encompassed into 3 vignettes, and the outcomes of each pathway are discussed. The developed grounded theory presents a conceptualization of different DC development pathways, the practical implications likely to be associated with these pathways, and provides a framework for future research.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

Volume

33

Issue

3

Pages

280-301

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Association for Applied Sport Psychology

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Applied Sport Psychology on 3 September 2019, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/10413200.2019.1654559.

Acceptance date

07/08/2019

Publication date

2019-09-03

Copyright date

2019

ISSN

1041-3200

eISSN

1533-1571

Language

en

Depositor

Prof Christine Coupland