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Empowering youth athletes against the odds: Successful talent-development environments in underserved communities
Southern Denmark University, Odense, Denmark.
University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Health and Sport.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6198-0784
2019 (English)In: Abstract book: The 15th European Congress of Sport and Exercise Psychology – Building the Future of Sport and Exercise Psychology / [ed] B. Strauss et al., 2019, p. 321-321Conference paper, Oral presentation with published abstract (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The research on the career pathways of professional athletes is well established in sport psychology, yet this field is lacking insight into the lives of athletes whose formative years were spent primarily in an American underserved community (Stambulova & Wyllemann, 2014). Using the Holistic Ecological Approach as a framework, this PhD project’s aim is to begin to understand how professional athletes were able to circumvent the environmental hardships and still reach the professional level of their chosen sport (Henriksen, 2010; Henriksen & Stambulova, 2017). This study involved in-depth, biographical interviews with N = 10 professional athletes who overcame significant adversity. Through the analysis of the data, many commonalities emerged. Key transitional and existential relationships, an understanding that sport was a way out of hardship and an ability to shift and persist through adversity, were key themes identified in the data. However, considering multi- and equifinality, no two lives are exactly the same and life stories can converge and diverge at many different junctions. Thus, this presentation will contain a brief summary of two athletes who overcame many of the same obstacles, reached a similar level in their sport, yet it is clear that their environment shaped them in drastically different ways.

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2019. p. 321-321
Keywords [en]
career pathways, low socio-economic status
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Applied Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-40935OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-40935DiVA, id: diva2:1370037
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15th European Congress of Sport & Exercise Psychology (FEPSAC), Münster, Germany, July 15-20, 2019
Available from: 2019-11-13 Created: 2019-11-13 Last updated: 2019-12-19Bibliographically approved

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