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The transition from junior to senior sports: A summary of six Swedish studies
Halmstad University, School of Social and Health Sciences (HOS), Centre of Research on Welfare, Health and Sport (CVHI), Center for Sport and Health Science (CIHF).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6198-0784
2007 (English)In: Book of abstracts / [ed] Yannis Theodorakis, Marios Goudas & Athanasios Papaioannou, Volos: University of Thessaly , 2007, p. 126-127Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The paper presents a summary of six studies on the transition from junior to senior sports conducted by Swedish master’s students under the author’s supervision. All the studies were qualitative and used the developmental model (Wylleman & Lavallee, 2004) and the athletic career transition model (Stambulova, 2003) as theoretical frameworks. Ekengren (2003) studied male handball players in the transition. Josefsson (2004) conducted an intervention case study of a female track-and-field athlete in the transition. Hornbrinck and Båge (2005) interviewed female football players who made successful transition to the senior national team. Mavroidis (2005) focused on the role of coaches in the transition of male football players. Vujic (2006) contrasted one successful and one crisis transitions in swimming. Stolze (in progress) follows the transition of four female football players longitudinally. To summarise, the studies demonstrate that the transition from junior to senior sports relates not only to a sport context. Besides new challenges in practice and competitions, the athletes experience new demands in psychological development (identity formation, striving for independence), in psychosocial (importance of socializing, having friends/love), and in academic/vocational development (higher education/professional choice demands). As a result, the athletes are under high life stress and need to find time/energy for everything. The successful transition lasts one-three years depending on the resources/barriers balance and coping strategies. Career planning, balancing lifestyle, stress/time/energy management, effective recovery are important issues helping athletes to develop internal resources to cope. Continuity in coaching and significant others’ psychological support are the most valued external resources for the transitional athletes.

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Volos: University of Thessaly , 2007. p. 126-127
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Sport and Fitness Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-5937ISBN: 978-960-89923-0-6 ISBN: 9608992303 OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-5937DiVA, id: diva2:352781
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The 12th European Congress of Sport Psychology, Halkidiki, Greece, 4-9 September, 2007
Available from: 2010-09-22 Created: 2010-09-22 Last updated: 2016-02-26Bibliographically approved

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