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Preparing to not to be a footballer : higher education and professional sport

journal contribution
posted on 2008-11-01, 00:00 authored by Chris HickeyChris Hickey, Peter Kelly
In the commercialised and professionalised world of elite sport, issues associated with career pathways and post sporting career options have a particular resonance. In various football codes, an unexpected knock, twist, bend or break can profoundly impact a player's career. In this high risk and high consequence environment, a number of sports entertainment industries have instituted player development and education programmes to educate and prepare elite level performers for life after football. Drawing on Foucault's later work on governmentality and the care of the self, this paper will discuss findings from a research project funded by the Australian Football League (AFL). The paper presents data that suggests that, elite performers are so focused on establishing and prolonging a career as an elite performer, that other aspects of identity are seen as something to be complied with as a consequence of industry expectations. An industry emphasis on higher education raises issues for the sports industries that promote player enrolment in higher education and for the higher education institutions that must manage this lack of engagement.

History

Journal

Sport, education and society

Volume

13

Issue

4

Pagination

477 - 494

Publisher

Carfax

Location

Abingdon, England

ISSN

1357-3322

eISSN

1470-1243

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2008, Taylor & Francis