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The Official Journal of the Korean Academy of Kinesiology 2014;16(4):101-113.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.15758/jkak.2014.16.4.101    Published online October 31, 2014.
Policy Suggestions for Athlete‘s Career Development and Transition: A Case of German Support Program for Athlete's Dual Career
Kyung-Won Kim
Seowon University
Correspondence:  Kyung-Won Kim,
Email: kkyung57@seowon.ac.kr
Received: 12 September 2014   • Accepted: 25 October 2014
Due to heavy load of sport participation, it is true that a large number of athletes lose the opportunity for academics and vocational education. Korean athletes are no exception. As a result, athletes are often confronted with difficulties in career transition. Many countries work hard to create a supportive environment, in which athletes can successfully perform sport, schoolwork, and vocational education. The purposes of this study are to review the German support program for athlete's dual career and to develop policy suggestions for our elite sports.
Previous studies and materials from athlete's dual career-related German internet site(DOSB, DSH, etc.) were extensively reviewed.
Policy implications from German support program for athlete's dual career are as follow: First, it is necessary to change the school system for athlete's right to learn. German elite school of sports(Eliteschule des Sports) can be a model for ‘sport class' which is one of the important future tasks in our government sport policy. Second, we need more professional career counselors who can help student athletes to perform sport, study, and vocational education harmoniously. Third, it is necessary for student athletes to develop a cooperation network of diverse sectors of society.
For the career transition after the retirement from elite sports, we need to build the environment in which student athletes can successfully perform sport and schoolwork.
Keywords: dual career, student athletes, athlete's right to learn, career transition
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