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Athletic Career Development in Relation to Health Issues
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS).
2010 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The objectives of this study were to examine: (a) how athletes perceive a relationship between their athletic career and health; (b) how health issues appear across athletic career stages; (c) how athletes perceive health related strategies in regard of the future career goals. The theoretical frameworks included: the lifespan model on developmental challenge; the circle of health; the developmental model on transitions faced by athletes; the perceived health and sport/exercise participation model. The informants (n=4) consisted of two team athletes and two individual athletes at national or international competitive level. In-depth interviews were carried out based on a semi-structured interview guide specially created for this study. Results are treated and presented as four case studies, and four category profiles describing: the importance of health to the athletic career; the positive influence of athletic career on health; the negative influence of athletic career on health; health related strategies in the future. The results showed that athletes perceive an obvious and important relationship between the athletic career and health. At the same time a lack of health awareness at early career stages was discovered. It was not until the athletes advanced to a higher competitive level or their health decreased they started to think of health. Athletes also demonstrate low awareness of health in regard to future career goals. The athletes’ experiences were discussed in relation to the theoretical frameworks and previous research.

Abstract [sv]

Syftena med föreliggande studie var att undersöka: (a) hur idrottare uppfattar ett samband mellan idrottskarriär och hälsa; (b) att undersöka hur hälsofrågor uppträder under en idrottskarriärs olika stadium; (c) att undersöka hur idrottare använder hälsostrategier med tanke på framtida karriärmål. De teoretiska referensramarna inkluderade: the lifespan model on developmental challenge; the circle of health; the developmental model on transitions faced by athletes; upplevd hälsa och idrotts/motionsdeltagande. Försökspersonerna (n=4) bestod av två lagidrottare och två individuella idrottare på nationell eller internationell tävlingsnivå. Djupgående intervjuer genomfördes med hjälp av en semi strukturerad intervjuguide speciellt tillverkad för denna studie. Resultatet bearbetades och presenterades i form av fyra fallstudier och fyra kategoriprofiler som beskriver: hur viktig hälsan är för idrottskarriären; den positiva inverkan av idrottskarriären på hälsa; den negativa inverkan av idrottskarriären på hälsa; hälsostrategier i framtiden. Resultatet visade på att idrottare upplever ett tydligt och viktigt samband mellan idrottskarriären och hälsa, men det finns samtidigt en låg hälsomedvetenhet i tidiga karriärstadier. Det är inte förrän idrottare avancerar till en högre tävlingsnivå eller får en sämre hälsa som de börjar tänka på hälsan. Idrottare demonstrerade också en låg hälsomedvetenhet i förhållande till framtida karriärmål. Idrottarnas upplevelser diskuterades i relation till de teoretiska referensramarna och tidigare forskning.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2010. , 49 p.
Keyword [en]
Career development, competitive sports, health
Keyword [sv]
Hälsa, karriärutveckling, tävlingsidrott
National Category
Social Work
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-4111OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-4111DiVA: diva2:305521
Presentation
2010-02-25, Q 213, Halmstad, 09:00 (Swedish)
Uppsok
Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2010-03-31 Created: 2010-03-24 Last updated: 2011-02-24Bibliographically approved

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