Careers of European Athletes: Who is Ultimately Responsible?

Stefan Walzel, Niklas A. Rotering, Ruth Crabtree

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The compatibility of sport and professional careers has significantly deteriorated in recent years. While athlete's dual careers have been well researched from the athletes' perspective, comparatively little attention has been paid to the benefits of offering specific sport science study programmes by universities to high-performance athletes. As this chapter will show, high-performance athletes have several advantageous skills and experiences that are especially functional for jobs in sport or related to sport. Universities with sport science degree programmes could offer great opportunities for elite athletes. However, several challenges are associated with university careers, which requires the cooperation between universities, politics, and sport federations. Instead of customising existing programmes to meet the specific needs of high-performance athletes, it would be useful to potentially develop tailor-made study programmes in sport science based on the specific needs of high-performance athletes.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEducation in Sport and Physical Activity
Subtitle of host publicationFuture Directions and Global Perspectives
EditorsKaren Petry, Johan De Jong
Place of PublicationAbingdon on Thames
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781003002666
ISBN (Print)9780367433604
Publication statusPublished - 9 Mar 2022


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