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Ekengren, J., Stambulova, N., Johnson, U., Carlsson, I.-M. & Ryba, T. (2019). Composite vignettes of Swedish male and female professional handball players’ career paths. Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, 22(6)
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Composite vignettes of Swedish male and female professional handball players’ career paths
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2019 (engelsk)Inngår i: Sport in Society: Cultures, Media, Politics, Commerce, ISSN 1743-0437, E-ISSN 1743-0445, Vol. 22, nr 6Artikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to describe gender-specific career paths of Swedish professional handball players. A reanalysis of Ekengren et al. (2018) career interviews with nine male and nine female players led to creating two composite vignettes using the athletes’ own words, accounted for typical features in the male and female players’ career paths. Seven themes were identified in the analysis of the men’s transcripts and eight themes derived from the women’s transcripts. Further, the themes of both vignettes were aligned with career stages described in our previous study (Ekengren et al. 2018). The male players’ vignette is interpreted as a performance narrative congruent with elite handball culture that promotes performance success and profitable professional contracts. The female players’ vignette is more holistic, embracing handball, studies, motherhood, and how they ought to be as Swedish women. Recommendations for future research are provided. © 2019 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

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Abingdon: Routledge, 2019
Emneord
Career development, creative analytical practice, cultural praxis of athletes’ careers, gender, handball, vignettes
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39272 (URN)10.1080/17430437.2019.1599201 (DOI)
Forskningsfinansiär
Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, F2015-0018
Merknad

Funding: The Swedish Research Council for Sport Science, Swedish Handball Federation, and Halmstad University

Tilgjengelig fra: 2019-04-25 Laget: 2019-04-25 Sist oppdatert: 2019-06-07
Ekengren, J., Stambulova, N., Johnson, U. & Carlsson, I.-M. (2018). Exploring career experiences of Swedish professional handball players: Consolidating firsthand information into an empirical career model. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Exploring career experiences of Swedish professional handball players: Consolidating firsthand information into an empirical career model
2018 (engelsk)Inngår i: International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, ISSN 1612-197X, E-ISSN 1557-251XArtikkel i tidsskrift (Fagfellevurdert) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The study was aimed at developing the empirical career model of Swedish professional handball players by means of exploring their career experiences in athletic and non-athletic developments through the lens of the holistic athletic career model. Eighteen Swedish professional handball players (nine men and nine women), who had recently terminated or were finishing their careers took part in semi-structured interviews about their careers from the beginning to the end with an interest in both athletic and non-athletic developments. Thematic analysis initially focused on identifying the handball career structure (i.e. stages and sub-stages). Then, the interviews were analysed inductively to identify shared themes in the players’ experiences relevant to each career stage. These themes were incorporated in the relevant stages, and the empirical career model of Swedish professional handball players (further – the empirical model) was finalised. The empirical model describes careers of Swedish handball players as having four athletic stages – initiation, development (with three sub-stages), mastery (with four sub-stages), and discontinuation – complemented by players’ psychological, psychosocial, academic/vocational, and financial developments. Each stage is also aligned with age markers and contains themes describing players’ career experiences from the holistic perspective. The empirical model contributes to contextualised career research and serves as a basis for developing career-long psychological support services in Swedish handball including player/coach/parent education organised by the Swedish Handball Federation.

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New York: Taylor & Francis, 2018
Emneord
athletic career, empirical career model, handball, holistic developmental perspective
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-37469 (URN)10.1080/1612197X.2018.1486872 (DOI)
Forskningsfinansiär
Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, F2015-0018
Merknad

Funding: the Swedish Research Council for Sport Science, Swedish Handball Federation, and Halmstad University.

Tilgjengelig fra: 2018-07-03 Laget: 2018-07-03 Sist oppdatert: 2018-07-05
Ekengren, J. & Stambulova, N. (2017). From career initiation to discontinuation: an empirical career model of Swedish handball players. In: G. Si, J. Cruz and J.C. Jaenes (Ed.), Sport psychology: Linking theory to practice: Proceedings of the 14th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology. Paper presented at The 14th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology, Sevilla, Spain, July 10-14th, 2017 (pp. 190-191).
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>From career initiation to discontinuation: an empirical career model of Swedish handball players
2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: Sport psychology: Linking theory to practice: Proceedings of the 14th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology / [ed] G. Si, J. Cruz and J.C. Jaenes, 2017, s. 190-191Konferansepaper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

This doctoral project was inspired by a set of challenges articulated in the cultural praxis of athletes’ careers paradigm (Stambulova & Ryba, 2013), and especially in regard of contextualizing career research and existing ‘general’ frameworks. Innovative aspects of this study consisted of: (a) exploring career experiences of Swedish handball players with foci on stages and transitions in their athletic and non-athletic development, and (b) consolidating the players’ first-hand data into an empirical career model of Swedish handball players (further – the empirical model). The holistic athletic career model (Wylleman, Reints & De Knop, 2013) served as a prototype for the empirical model and was useful in structuring the players’ career experiences. Eighteen elite Swedish handball players (retiring or just recently retired) took part in narrative type interviews about their whole careers with an interest in both athletic and non-athletic developments. Thematic analysis initially took a deductive turn to identify the handball career structure, and then the empirical data relevant to each stage/sub-stage were analysed inductively to identify themes describing players’ career experiences at each stage. Finally, the themes were incorporated into the stage-like structure, and the empirical model was completed. The model describes careers of Swedish handball players as having four stages – initiation, development (with three sub-stages), mastery (with four sub-stages), and discontinuation. It also contains eight layers – athletic categorisation in terms of age, pathways of the Swedish Handball Federation, academic/vocational, psychological, psychosocial, and financial developments – all aligned with age markers and complemented by sets of themes describing players’ stage-by-stage career experiences from the holistic perspective. Further in the project the empirical model will be used to create the ‘whole career’ psychological support system for Swedish handball players.

Emneord
career experiences, cultural praxis, empirical model, handball, holistic athletic career model
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-34644 (URN)978-84-9148-282-6 (ISBN)
Konferanse
The 14th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology, Sevilla, Spain, July 10-14th, 2017
Forskningsfinansiär
Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, FO2016-0026
Merknad

Presented in the symposium "Innovations in Athlete Career Research: Young Scholars’ Presentations and Mentors’ Panel"

Tilgjengelig fra: 2017-07-23 Laget: 2017-07-23 Sist oppdatert: 2017-08-30bibliografisk kontrollert
Ekengren, J. & Stambulova, N. (2017). No rest for the weary: Swedish elite handball players’ perceived demands in the transition to the national team. In: Krister Hertting & Urban Johnson (Ed.), Proceedings of the Nordic Sport Science Conference – ‘The Double-Edged Sword of Sport: Health Promotion Versus Unhealthy Environments’: . Paper presented at Nordic Sport Science Conference – ‘The Double-Edged Sword of Sport: Health Promotion Versus Unhealthy Environments’, Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden, 22-23 November, 2017 (pp. 31-32). Halmstad: Halmstad University Press
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>No rest for the weary: Swedish elite handball players’ perceived demands in the transition to the national team
2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: Proceedings of the Nordic Sport Science Conference – ‘The Double-Edged Sword of Sport: Health Promotion Versus Unhealthy Environments’ / [ed] Krister Hertting & Urban Johnson, Halmstad: Halmstad University Press, 2017, s. 31-32Konferansepaper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Athletes have to pay a price to make their dream true, and for many this dream is to become professional and play in the national team (NT). Playing in the NT is often seen as the pinnacle of an athletic career but also as a period when athletes experience new demands due to their dual responsibility of playing in the club and in the NT. This dual responsibility brings additional performance demands, increased workload, extended travelling, many days away from home, etc., and in a combination with too little recovery, and various role conflicts leads to a stressful living. The transition to the NT can be classified as a quasi-normative (Stambulova, 2016) that is relevant only to elite level athletes. Challenging nature of this transition in a combination with its personal and social significance might put players at risk of poor coping and mental health problems (Frank, Nixdorf, & Beckmann, 2015; Stambulova & Wylleman, 2014; Stambulova 2017).

 Aim and theoretical framework: The transition to the NT was identified as a topic specific for the mastery stage of the players’ careers in the empirical career model of Swedish handball players (Ekengren, Stambulova, Johnson, & Carlsson, submitted). This model complemented by the athletic career transition model (Stambulova, 2003; 2009) served as theoretical frameworks for this study. The aim of this study was to examine Swedish elite handball players’ experiences of participating in both a professional club and the NT with a specific focus on their perceived demands.

 Method: In the narrative-type interviews 18 Swedish elite handball players (9 men, 9 women) were encouraged to talk about their careers with foci on both athletic and non-athletic development (Ekengren et al., submitted). Narratives about their experiences of playing both in professional club and the NT were extracted from a larger data set and thematically analysed (Braun, Clarke & Terry 2015).

 Results: The national team was described as a great reward for their performance efforts and achievements, but also as a burden of being time and energy consuming:

 It’s a great honour to play in the national team, and you don’t want to turn it down. But I didn’t get the recovery I required to be able to play in both. So, I had to say “no”, because it tears greatly. It wasn’t right to my club that pays my salary. (Female player 7)

 Major themes outlining the players’ perceived demands in the NT transition were:

  • it wears and tears a lot physically and psychologically” (e.g., brings higher performance demands but also leaves small time for recovery);
  • you are caught in the treadmill of recurrent events (e.g., difficult to maintain good life quality being away from family)
  • you are torn between the two team” (e.g., conflicting interests in professional and national team)
  • “you are torn between different roles” (e.g., between being the NT player and a club player, a players and a family member)

 Discussion and conclusions: The project reveals how professional athletes appraised the increasing demands when selected to the NT. On the one hand, the NT transition was seen as a reward, but on the other hand, the transition demands put players under risk of too high life stress with possible negative consequences (e.g., injuries, burnout, and depression) to follow (e.g., Ivarsson, Stambulova, & Johnson, 2016; Stambulova, 2017). Based on the research findings recommendations will be provided for psychological support of NT-players and their coaches/managers in club and federation. This will include, for example, promoting a holistic view of the players’ situation, individual recovery plans and communication skills.

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Halmstad: Halmstad University Press, 2017
Emneord
Crisis transition, mental health, national team, professional handball
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-35477 (URN)
Konferanse
Nordic Sport Science Conference – ‘The Double-Edged Sword of Sport: Health Promotion Versus Unhealthy Environments’, Halmstad University, Halmstad, Sweden, 22-23 November, 2017
Forskningsfinansiär
Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, FO2017-0014
Tilgjengelig fra: 2017-11-27 Laget: 2017-11-27 Sist oppdatert: 2018-01-10bibliografisk kontrollert
Ekengren, J. & Stambulova, N. (2017). Returning home after playing abroad: re-adaptation challenges of elite Swedish handball players. In: G. Si, J. Cruz and J.C. Jaenes (Ed.), Sport psychology: Linking theory to practice: Proceedings of the 14th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology. Paper presented at The 14th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology, Sevilla, Spain, July 10-14th, 2017 (pp. 531-531).
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Returning home after playing abroad: re-adaptation challenges of elite Swedish handball players
2017 (engelsk)Inngår i: Sport psychology: Linking theory to practice: Proceedings of the 14th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology / [ed] G. Si, J. Cruz and J.C. Jaenes, 2017, s. 531-531Konferansepaper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

In cultural sport psychology and athlete migration literature (Ryba, Schinke, Stambulova, & Elbe, 2017) there is a call for studying athletes’ transnational mobility and cultural transitions out of, and back to the country of origin. This call is also echoed in the cultural praxis of athletes’ careers paradigm (Stambulova & Ryba, 2013) attracting attention of career researchers. This study is aimed at exploring “back home” re- adaptation challenges of elite Swedish handball players after several years of playing professionally abroad. Eleven players (six females) were interviewed about their careers from the beginning to the end, and their narratives about the transition back to Sweden were extracted from the larger data set and thematically analysed (Braun & Clarke, 2013). Participants spent abroad for M=7.2±2.8 years, and many of them came back having families and kids. Several informants narrated that the transition was more challenging than they expected, and they (especially at the beginning) felt themselves as strangers in their own land. Five major themes describing the transition challenges were: “to rethink self-identity”, “to renew family life”, “to re- establish links with relatives and family”, “to understand local laws and regulations”, “to keep in pace with the society”. The identity issue was addressed through a sense of being “in between” the identities of the home and the foreign cultures that elevated emotional discomfort, especially at the early phase of re-adjustment. Three themes describing coping strategies used in the re-adaptation were: “don’t give up” (i.e., attempt to change own attitude and the situation to the better), “use social skills” (e.g., be alert and communicate) and “search for social support” (e.g., from a spouse and close family). Based on the findings, recommendations will be provided for pre-retirement planning of elite athletes and psychological support in their cultural transition and re-adaptation back home.

Emneord
career experiences, cultural transition, handball, identity, re-adaptation, transnational mobility
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-34653 (URN)978-84-9148-282-6 (ISBN)
Konferanse
The 14th ISSP World Congress of Sport Psychology, Sevilla, Spain, July 10-14th, 2017
Forskningsfinansiär
Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, FO2016-0026
Tilgjengelig fra: 2017-07-23 Laget: 2017-07-23 Sist oppdatert: 2017-08-30bibliografisk kontrollert
Linnér, L., Stambulova, N., Parker, J. & Ekengren, J. (2016). Dual Career Balance in Student-Athletes University Transition. In: : . Paper presented at 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), September 28 - October 1, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Dual Career Balance in Student-Athletes University Transition
2016 (engelsk)Konferansepaper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

Balancing studies, a personal life and sports, that is, having a dual career, is considered as a challenge associated with transitional demands in athletic and non-athletic (psychological, psychosocial, academic/vocational, financial) domains (Wylleman, Reints, & De Knop, 2013). The aim of this study was to investigate student-athletes’ university transition with a specific focus on how student-athletes balance different domains of their lives. Twenty-three Swedish university student-athletes (mean age= 21.52; 16 males and 7 females) representing six sports (equestrianism, golf, handball, ice hockey, soccer, table tennis) partook in the study. Participants completed the Dual Career Monitoring Survey (DCMS), weekly, over the first twelve weeks of their university education. The DCMS is developed by the authors and measures student-athletes perceptions of balance, time investments, demands, coping, satisfaction, resources and barriers in relation to sport, studies, private life, social life and financial situation. In exploring student-athletes’ perception of dual career balance throughout the twelve weeks, an intra-class correlation analysis revealed a between-person variance of 0.14 (14%). That is, with regards to balance in their dual careers 86% was due to within-person variance, suggesting that balance is idiosyncratic and that further analysis should investigate within-person change. Encouraged by these findings we continued with a person-centered analysis using the Dynamic P-technique for modeling patterns of data (Nelson, Aylward, & Rausch, 2011). The relationships between changes in balance (i.e., prioritizing sport, studies or other domains of life), demands, coping and satisfaction throughout the twelve weeks will be presented. Our findings contribute to the understanding of balance as a central tenet of athletes’ dual careers (Second author et al., 2015). From our findings we suggest practitioners to take into account the individual dynamics in dual career balance from a whole-person perspective.

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Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31948 (URN)
Konferanse
31st Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), September 28 - October 1, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-09-07 Laget: 2016-09-07 Sist oppdatert: 2016-10-04bibliografisk kontrollert
Stambulova, N., Linnér, L. & Ekengren, J. (2016). Dual career competences of Swedish high school athletes. In: AASP 2016: 31st Annual Conference: Phoenix, AZ, Sept. 28 - Oct.1: Conference Proceedings & Program. Paper presented at 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Arizona Grand Resort Phoenix, Arizona, USA, September 28 – October 1, 2016 (pp. 149-149). Indianapolis: Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Dual career competences of Swedish high school athletes
2016 (engelsk)Inngår i: AASP 2016: 31st Annual Conference: Phoenix, AZ, Sept. 28 - Oct.1: Conference Proceedings & Program, Indianapolis: Association for Applied Sport Psychology , 2016, s. 149-149Konferansepaper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

In Sweden dual ‘sport and education’ career (DC) programs on the high school level are established at 51 settings across the country. Within these programs student-athletes practice their sport in sport clubs and in educational settings, and have supportive conditions at school (e.g., flexible scheduling). This study, investigating Swedish high school student-athletes’ DC competences, is a national project and also a part of the European project ‘Gold in Education and Elite Sport’ (GEES) with eight other countries involved.  In this presentation (approved by the ethical board of the GEES consortium) we briefly introduce the GEES project and then focus on Swedish research findings. The DC Competences Survey was used to explore student-athletes general as well as scenario-specific DC competences. The sample consisted of 909 high school student-athletes (mean age =18.2; 43% females) from various sports. In examining general competences, the participants were introduced to 38 c ompetences and asked to evaluate them in terms of possession and importance for a successful DC. The highest in possession was “ability to live independently”, and the top three in importance (also evaluated higher by females) included: “perseverance during challenging times and in the face of setbacks”, “understanding importance of rest and recuperation”, “ability to cope with stress in sport and study”. In examining scenario-specific competences the participants read six scenarios, each presenting a difficult DC situation (e.g., missing significant days of study, sacrifices in social life, living away from home, injury), and responded about coping experiences (including perceived effectiveness) and related competences. The competences significantly contributed to effectiveness of coping with DC scenarios. It was also possible to identify transferable competences used by student-athletes in four or more scenarios (e.g., “dedication to succeed in both sport and stu dies”). The findings have become useful in defining the content of DC support services in Sweden.

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Indianapolis: Association for Applied Sport Psychology, 2016
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32265 (URN)9780985531058 (ISBN)
Konferanse
31st Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Arizona Grand Resort Phoenix, Arizona, USA, September 28 – October 1, 2016
Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-10-21 Laget: 2016-10-21 Sist oppdatert: 2018-07-06bibliografisk kontrollert
Stambulova, N., Schinke, R., Van Raalte, J., Ryba, T., Brewer, B., Petitpas, A., . . . Ekengren, J. (2016). Dual Career in Sport and Education: Context-Driven Research in North America and Europe. In: Association for Applied Sport Psychology - 2016 Conference Program & Proceedings: . Paper presented at 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Arizona Grand Resort Phoenix, Arizona, USA, September 28 – October 1, 2016 (pp. 148-148). Indianapolis: Association for Applied Sport Psychology
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Dual Career in Sport and Education: Context-Driven Research in North America and Europe
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2016 (engelsk)Inngår i: Association for Applied Sport Psychology - 2016 Conference Program & Proceedings, Indianapolis: Association for Applied Sport Psychology , 2016, s. 148-148Konferansepaper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

Within the North American intercollegiate (school-based) sport context, the career development of student-athletes is an established research area focused on athletes’ transition to the university and their athletic, professional, and personal development, including preparation for the university graduation and termination in sports. In contrast, athletes’ simultaneous pursuits in sport and studies, termed a “dual career” (DC) (European Union Guidelines on Athletes’ DCs, 2012), is a relatively new research trend within Europe, where sport is mainly club-based. Therefore, special arrangements between sporting and educational institutions are needed to facilitate athletes’ DCs. European researchers adopt a holistic lifespan perspective (Wylleman, Reints, & De Knop, 2013) to consider student-athletes’ athletic and academic pursuits as intertwined with their psychological, psychosocial, and financial developments. It is also emphasized that athletes (although supported) are  expected to take responsibility and develop competences to successfully initiate, maintain, and terminate their DCs. This symposium brings together North American and European researchers to discuss overlapping and specific features of DC research and applications in situ. The first presenter will briefly overview the US context of intercollegiate sports, introduce athletic identity foreclosure as a problematic issue and share a new sport-specific instrument to measure identity foreclosure. The second presenter will introduce a Canadian DC context and summarize four projects on how specific populations within it, that are immigrant and Aboriginal student-athletes, cope with DC challenges in conjunction with their acculturation processes. The third presenter will “transport” the audience to Finland and share a mixed-method project on achievement motivation of Finnish adolescent athletes, emphasizing a cultural construction of motivation. The fourth presenter will outline researc h findings on DC competences of Swedish adolescent athletes as a part of the European project titled “Gold and Education and Elite Sport”. The discussion will then be concentrated on DC intervention strategies, situated within national cultural contexts.

sted, utgiver, år, opplag, sider
Indianapolis: Association for Applied Sport Psychology, 2016
HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32267 (URN)9780985531058 (ISBN)
Konferanse
31st Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, Arizona Grand Resort Phoenix, Arizona, USA, September 28 – October 1, 2016
Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-10-21 Laget: 2016-10-21 Sist oppdatert: 2018-07-06bibliografisk kontrollert
Watson, J., Stambulova, N., Clement, D., Johnson, U., Linnér, L. & Ekengren, J. (2016). Future perspectives on international collaboration in sport and exercise psychology education. In: : . Paper presented at 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Phoenix, Arizona, USA, September 28 - October 1, 2016.
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Future perspectives on international collaboration in sport and exercise psychology education
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2016 (engelsk)Konferansepaper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

After two successful experiences of organizing study abroad trips, the American and the European Universities now work to continue and expand the collaboration for the benefit of both sides’ students and staff. Strategic planning for the future development of this internationalization initiative now includes the development of bi-direction exchanges, semester long study abroad opportunities, the development of a shared online learning platform for the creation of discussion boards and learning modules that would be available to both the American and European students, and the development of a joint on-line course on selected topics in international sport and exercise psychology related to major expertise areas at both universities. The focus of this presentation will be to reflect on the potential strategies in place to meet the current challenges of internationalization. This portion of the presentation will utilize a discussion based format and include the audience to help facilitate the achievement of the stated goals.  Such a discussion will include an overview of the lessons learned in the past, a discussion of the future vision for internationalization, and a discussion about problem solving strategies that can be used within university settings to enhance the likelihood of creating a successful internationalization experience for both students and faculty within sport and exercise psychology. As an outcome, the benefits and challenges of developing such an initiative will be outlined.

HSV kategori
Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-32236 (URN)
Konferanse
31st Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), Phoenix, Arizona, USA, September 28 - October 1, 2016
Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-10-20 Laget: 2016-10-20 Sist oppdatert: 2018-07-05bibliografisk kontrollert
Ekengren, J., Stambulova, N. & Linnér, L. (2016). Moving to Play Abroad: Experiences of Transnational Team Handball Players. In: : . Paper presented at 31st Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), September 28 - October 1, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona, USA.
Åpne denne publikasjonen i ny fane eller vindu >>Moving to Play Abroad: Experiences of Transnational Team Handball Players
2016 (engelsk)Konferansepaper, Poster (with or without abstract) (Fagfellevurdert)
Abstract [en]

Many athletes strive to excel in their sport, dreaming of fame and fortune, aiming for a career as a professional athlete. In the Nordic countries, becoming professional often implies a migration across national borders. In this relocation, it is not only crucial for transnational athletes to adapt in sport, a cultural and psychological adaptation is also needed (Ryba, Haapanen, Mosek, & Ng, 2012; Agergaard & Ryba, 2014). The purpose of this study was to examine team handball players’ experiences of their first transition and adaptation to a professional league in a foreign country, with a specific focus on their perceived demands and coping strategies. Participants were 18 senior elite team handball players (10 male, 8 female). During narrative-type interviews participants were encouraged to tell their story, focusing on how they experienced their first transnational transition. Participants’ narratives were analyzed using inductive thematic analysis (Braun & Clarke, 2013), themes and patterns of meaning were identified. The four major themes of perceived transition demands were: ‘Learn new cultural and social codes’, ‘Adjust to the rules of the new club’, ‘Accept the result focused environment’, ‘Acknowledge your role and play it’. Three themes of coping strategies were: ‘Embrace the challenge’ (e.g., be aware of the new context, negotiate and adapt to new norms and expect the unexpected) ‘Embrace yourself’ (e.g., to care for and prioritize yourself in a self-centered, but still positive way) and ‘Embrace your demons’ (e.g., accept feelings of doubt and anxiety and carry on regardless of them). Based on the research findings recommendations will be provided for psychological support of transnational athletes in their transition and adaptation abroad.

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Identifikatorer
urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-31949 (URN)
Konferanse
31st Annual Conference of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (AASP), September 28 - October 1, 2016, Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Tilgjengelig fra: 2016-09-07 Laget: 2016-09-07 Sist oppdatert: 2016-10-04bibliografisk kontrollert
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