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The transition from schoolboy to elite sportsman: education and training and early career players in the AFL

Hickey, Christopher and Kelly, Peter 2005, The transition from schoolboy to elite sportsman: education and training and early career players in the AFL, ACHPER Australia healthy lifestyles journal, vol. 52, no. 3, pp. 7-11.

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Title The transition from schoolboy to elite sportsman: education and training and early career players in the AFL
Author(s) Hickey, Christopher
Kelly, Peter
Journal name ACHPER Australia healthy lifestyles journal
Volume number 52
Issue number 3
Start page 7
End page 11
Publisher Australian Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Place of publication Hindmarsh, S. Aust.
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1445-8918
Summary IIn this paper we discuss some of the findings of a research project funded by the Australian Football League (AFL) titled: Getting the Balance Right: Professionalism, Performance, Prudentialism and Playstations in the Life of AFL Footballers. The research explored the following issues: the emergence and evolution of a 'professional identity' for AFL footballers an identity that has many facets including the emerging ideas that a professional leads a balanced life, and has a prudent orientation to the future, to life after football. This 'professional identity' isn't natural, and must be developed through a range of 'professional development' activities (a common link to all other 'professions'). In the AFL at this time professional development has a focus on engaging players in a variety of education and training activities TAFE & University courses, and workshops and seminars that the industry has put in place to educate players about issues that the industry sees as important.

The paper focuses on our research with players we classified as Early Career. For many of these 17 to 21 year old young men the later years of secondary schooling were compromised in their pursuit of an AFL career. Their subsequent drafting is followed by intense efforts to physically prepare for football. In this context our research indicates that many Early Career players put football first, second and third. Education and training, and professional development come further down their list of priorities.
Language eng
Field of Research 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, ACHPER
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002923

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