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Exploring career experiences of Swedish professional handball players: Consolidating firsthand information into an empirical career model
Högskolan i Halmstad, Akademin för hälsa och välfärd, Centrum för forskning om välfärd, hälsa och idrott (CVHI), Hälsa och idrott.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-9703-719X
Högskolan i Halmstad, Akademin för hälsa och välfärd, Centrum för forskning om välfärd, hälsa och idrott (CVHI), Hälsa och idrott.ORCID-id: 0000-0001-6198-0784
Högskolan i Halmstad, Akademin för hälsa och välfärd, Centrum för forskning om välfärd, hälsa och idrott (CVHI), Hälsa och idrott.ORCID-id: 0000-0003-0990-4842
Högskolan i Halmstad, Akademin för hälsa och välfärd, Centrum för forskning om välfärd, hälsa och idrott (CVHI).ORCID-id: 0000-0001-8354-3382
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.
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athletic career, empirical career model, handball, holistic developmental perspective
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-37469DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2018.1486872OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-37469DiVA, id: diva2:1230284
Forskningsfinansiär
Swedish National Centre for Research in Sports, F2015-0018
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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

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