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Sport migration from the UK to the US: the student-athlete experience

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posted on 17.03.2021, 16:35 by Stephanie Garrett, Emma Vickers, David FletcherDavid Fletcher, Guy Taylor
There has been an upward trend of student-athletes migrating to the US (United States) from the United Kingdom (UK). This study focused specifically on elite UK student-athletes’ motivations for migrating to the US and their perceptions of the transition on their athletic development. A qualitative research method was used to facilitate the development of this relatively new area. Three primary reasons for migration were identified: (1) the appealing nature of the recruitment process; (2) US university environment: conducive to athletic development; (3) idealistic expectations of US university experience. Five predominant influencing factors of their athletic development in the US were also identified: (1) nature of the coach-athlete relationship; (2) training demands; (3) exposure to high-level competition; (4) representing the university; (5) perception of sport as their job. Due to this study’s emphasis on sport, the researchers identified two new concepts: multifaceted perceptions of athletic development and positive reframing.

History

School

  • Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences

Published in

Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education

Volume

14

Issue

1

Pages

19 - 40

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor & Francis

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletes in Education on 12 Mar 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/19357397.2020.1736487.

Acceptance date

21/01/2020

Publication date

2020-03-12

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

1935-7397

eISSN

1935-7400

Language

en

Depositor

Dr David Fletcher. Deposit date: 16 March 2021