Facilitating sport and study: The case of a dual career development environment in Sweden

Lukas Linnér, Natalia Stambulova, Louise Kamuk Storm, Andreas Küttel, Kristoffer Henriksen

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This case study of a dual career development environment (DCDE) was informed by the holistic ecological approach (HEA) and aimed at: (a) providing a holistic description of a DCDE at university level in Sweden, and (b) investigating the factors influencing the environment’s effectiveness in facilitating the development of student-athletes. We blended ‘in situ’ observations, interviews, and documents analysis to explore the case, and HEA-informed working models were transformed into empirical models summarizing the case. Findings show a well-coordinated DCDE with the key role of coaches in the daily dual career support, and how efforts were integrated through a dual career-support team sharing a philosophy of facilitating healthy performance development and life balance, with a whole-person and empowerment approach. This study adds to the literature by identifying features of a successful DCDE and insights from the case can be useful for practitioners in their quest to optimize their DCDEs and support.
Original languageEnglish
JournalCase Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Pages (from-to)95-107
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2020


  • dual career
  • environment
  • holistic ecological approach
  • student-athlete
  • university


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