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An Investigation Into Stakeholders’ Perceptions of the Youth-to-Senior Transition in Professional Soccer in the United Kingdom

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© 2016, Copyright © Association for Applied Sport Psychology.The youth-to-senior transition in professional soccer within the UK is challenging, yet previous work has focused on perspectives of a limited range of within-sport stakeholders. We conducted semistructured interviews with coaches (n = 12), sport science support staff (n = 10), and parents of players (n = 6), exploring their perceptions of transition demands, resources, and barriers. Emergent themes highlighted role-specific support provision and that athletes progress through a period of adaptation, requiring a diverse set of characteristics and resources (e.g., knowledge of the transition process, social support), developed through a number of preceding transitions.

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Author(s): Morris R, Tod D, Oliver E

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Applied Sport Psychology

Year: 2016

Volume: 28

Issue: 4

Pages: 375-391

Print publication date: 01/10/2016

Online publication date: 08/03/2016

Acceptance date: 25/01/2016

ISSN (print): 1041-3200

ISSN (electronic): 1533-1571

Publisher: Taylor and Francis Inc.


DOI: 10.1080/10413200.2016.1162222


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