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A holistic ecological approach to sport and study: The case of an athlete friendly university in Denmark
Institute of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2966-7469
Institute of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8469-406X
Institute of Sport Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0235-3590
Halmstad University, School of Health and Welfare, Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI).ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5877-7934
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2020 (English)In: Psychology of Sport And Exercise, ISSN 1469-0292, E-ISSN 1878-5476, Vol. 47, article id 101637Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Objectives: Dual career development environments (DCDEs) exist to support student-athletes in their endeavours to combine sport with education or work. Such environments are likely to vary in their structure, processes, philosophy, and degree of efficiency. With the overall aim of applying the holistic ecological approach (Henriksen, Stambulova & Roessler, 2010) to the study of DCDEs, the objectives of the present study are: (a) to provide a holistic description of a Danish athlete-friendly university as a DCDE, and (b) to investigate the factors influencing the environment’s effectiveness. Methodology: Based on two working models, the study takes a case study approach and a real-time perspective and uses multiple sources of data (interviews, observations, and documents). Results: Two empirical models summarize the findings and portray the DCDE as: (1) centred on a dual career (DC) support team that serves to support communication and coordination between the sport, study, and private domains; (2) focused on providing individual solutions for each athlete; (3) teaching student-athletes to plan, prioritize, communicate, and take responsibility for the balance in their DC endeavour; and (4) deeply rooted in a shared DC philosophy that puts sport first and recognizes that the student-athletes must be seen as whole persons. Conclusion: Researcher-practitioners in the DC context are encouraged to focus not only on the challenges and coping strategies of the individual student-athletes but to understand and (if necessary) optimize the entire environment around them. © 2019 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Amsterdam: Elsevier, 2020. Vol. 47, article id 101637
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Dual career, Dual career development environment, Student-athletes, University
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-41277DOI: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2019.101637Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85076051983OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-41277DiVA, id: diva2:1380569
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Erasmus + Sports project “Ecology of Dual Career”
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Funders: Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (ID:590476-EPP-1-2017-1-UK-SPO-SCP). 

Available from: 2019-12-19 Created: 2019-12-19 Last updated: 2020-01-20

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