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Understanding the educational needs of parenting athletes involved in sport and education: the parents’ view

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posted on 2021-01-29, 11:35 authored by Masar Gjaka, Antonio Tessitore, Laurence Blondel, Enrico Bozzano, Fabrice Burlot, Nadine Debois, Dominique Delon, Antonio Figueiredo, Joerg Foerster, Carlos Goncalves, Flavia Guidotti, Caterina Pesce, Andrej Pisi, Eoin Rheinisch, Ana Rolo, Gary Ryan, Anne Templet, Kinga Varga, Giles D. Warrington, Laura Capranica, CIARAN MAC DONNCHACIARAN MAC DONNCHA, Mojca Doupona
Background: Despite the fact that an educational programme for parents of youth tennis players has been launched recently, there is a need to empower parents of athletes in sustaining the combination of education and sport careers (i.e., dual career) of their talented and elite athletes across sports. The aim of this study was to explore the parents’ view of their role as dual career supporters and their need for educational support in this area. Methods: In total, 115 parents (F = 49, M = 66) of athletes (14–23 yrs) engaged in full time academic education (high school/university) and competitive (e.g., National, International) sports (individual = 12, team = 9) in five European Member States (e.g., France, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Slovenia) took part in national workshops. The workshops involved discussing five themes and agreeing statements relevant to assist parents supporting their children as dual career athletes: 1) the athletes’ needs; 2) the sports environment; 3) the academic environment; 4) dual career-related policies and services; 5) The educational methods for parenting dual career athletes. Results: A final list of 80 agreed statements were identified: 25 statements mainly related to the sports entourage; 23 to information on dual career-related policies and services; 22 to the athletes’ needs; 17 to the academic entourage, and 8 to the relevant educational resources to parenting dual career athletes, respectively.



PLoS ONE;16(1), e0243354


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