Article

An International Analysis of Dual Careers Support Services for Junior Athletes in Europe

Citation

Hong HJ, Morris R, López-Flores M & Botwina G (2021) An International Analysis of Dual Careers Support Services for Junior Athletes in Europe. International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics.

Abstract
This study investigates existing support services/systems that support junior dual career athletes in seven different countries. Specifically, the study aimed to identify: 1) What support services/systems are available for junior dual career athletes in the seven countries? and 2) Are there any similarities or differences between the seven countries? Between March 2020 and June 2020, desk-based data collection was conducted to identify any relevant evidence to answer the two research questions. Research teams from seven countries collected data from websites of sports organisations, sports clubs, and schools to identify any structured support services/systems used to help junior athletes manage their dual careers. A deductive approach was applied to analyse the data. The seven countries identified between 10-36 organisational support services/systems which support junior athletes manage their dual career. Many of the sports organisations across the countries provided financial support via a small grant to cover equipment costs, travel expenses, and sport science and medicine support (e.g., physio and sport psychology support). Results indicated holistic support for junior athletes is lacking at the secondary school level. This study has both academic and practical implications. The findings extend the knowledge of organisational support for junior athletes aged between 15 and 19-years-old and addresses a clear gap in both literature and practice. This study contributes to raising awareness of the need for customised support systems for junior dual career athletes and informs relevant authorised bodies of the need to develop evidence-based support schemes.

Keywords
dual careers; junior athletes; organisational support; sport and education; support systems

Notes
Output Status: Forthcoming

Journal
International Journal of Sport Policy and Politics

StatusAccepted
Date accepted by journal15/09/2021
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/33331
ISSN1940-6940
eISSN1940-6959