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From athletic talent development to dual career development? : A case study in a Finnish high performance sports environment (2020)


Nikander, Aku.; Ronkainen, Noora; Korhonen, Natalia; Saarinen, Milla; Ryba, Tatiana (2020). From athletic talent development to dual career development? : A case study in a Finnish high performance sports environment. International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Early online. DOI: 10.1080/1612197X.2020.1854822


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All authors or editors: Nikander, Aku.; Ronkainen, Noora; Korhonen, Natalia; Saarinen, Milla; Ryba, Tatiana

Journal or series: International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology

ISSN: 1612-197X

eISSN: 1557-251X

Publication year: 2020

Volume: Early online

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/1612197X.2020.1854822

Open Access: Open access publication published in a hybrid channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/73215


Abstract

The focus of dual career (DC) research has shifted from exploring individual experiences within Athletic Talent Development Environments (ATDEs) toward understanding the impact of the environment and the broader cultural context on individuals’ developmental trajectories in Dual Career Development Environments (DCDEs). To comply with national and EU recommendations for socially responsible elite sport, many successful ATDEs list DC as one of their primary values and advertise themselves as DCDEs in order to attract more athletes. The present study aimed to evaluate whether and how a talent development environment for youth athletes in Finland has transformed from an ATDE to DCDE by exploring the environment’s success factors and organisational culture. This study is grounded in the theoretical framework of Holistic Ecological Approach and follows the Real-Time Case Method. Principal methods of data collection included interviews, observations, and documents. The results indicated that the environment was characterised by an incoherent organisational culture, and the environment was identified as an ATDE rather than a DCDE. We suggest that for the Finnish sports environment to successfully transform into a functioning DCDE, changes in the organisational culture are necessary and DC recommendations should be integrated into the environment to provide resources for student-athletes to develop a balanced life and the prerequisites to succeed in future endeavours.


Keywords: young people; athletes; professional sports career; study; sport academies; organisational culture; critical realism

Free keywords: development environment; organisational culture; youth athletes; dual career; critical realism


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