Transnational Migration and Dual Career of Slovenian and Swiss Elite Female Handball Players—A Longitudinal Analysis

Article


Bon, Marta, Doupona, Mojca, Wilson-Gahan, Susan, Capranica, Laura and Guidotti, Flavia. 2022. "Transnational Migration and Dual Career of Slovenian and Swiss Elite Female Handball Players—A Longitudinal Analysis." Sports. 10 (9). https://doi.org/10.3390/sports10090137
Article Title

Transnational Migration and Dual Career of Slovenian and Swiss Elite Female Handball Players—A Longitudinal Analysis

ERA Journal ID211379
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBon, Marta, Doupona, Mojca, Wilson-Gahan, Susan, Capranica, Laura and Guidotti, Flavia
Journal TitleSports
Journal Citation10 (9)
Article Number137
Number of Pages17
Year2022
PublisherMDPI AG
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
ISSN2075-4663
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.3390/sports10090137
Web Address (URL)https://www.mdpi.com/2075-4663/10/9/137
Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify the career paths of transnational migrating female elite handball players. Fourteen Slovenian and Suisse national team players were monitored over a 7-year period by means of semi-structured interviews and official handball records. At the end of the examination period, six still-active players were interviewed again. Qualitative thematic analysis was employed to develop a contextualized understanding of participants’ careers paths and life trajectories in relation to their athletic migration and dual career. In relation to the limited opportunities offered by small countries with middle-ranking national handball teams, participants highlighted that sport migration coupled with dual career opportunities represented a strategic decision for a successful career development through several key factors: (1) a clear intention towards a professional handball career; (2) the actual fulfilment of professional handball career aspirations; (3) dual career goals as part of the migration process; (4) high personal ambition and emotional connection to handball; (5) the implementation of a successful dual career path; (6) a positive migration experience; and (7) feeling supported and valued during relocation. Sport federations and elite clubs should consider the implementation of a multidimensional approach encompassing dual career paths to facilitate athletes’ transnational relocation and career transitions.

Keywordsrelocation challenges; sport migration; dual career paths; women handball; qualitative analysis
Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Ljubljana, Slovenia
School of Business
University of Rome "Foro Italico", Italy
Permalink -

https://research.usq.edu.au/item/z01qy/transnational-migration-and-dual-career-of-slovenian-and-swiss-elite-female-handball-players-a-longitudinal-analysis

Download files


Published Version
sports-10-00137.pdf
License: CC BY 4.0
File access level: Anyone

  • 7
    total views
  • 14
    total downloads
  • 0
    views this month
  • 0
    downloads this month

Export as

Related outputs

Martial arts, combat sports, and mental health in adults: A systematic review
Ciaccioni, Simone, Castro, Oscar, Bahrami, Fatimah, Tomporowski, Phillip D., Capranica, Laura, Biddle, Stuart J.H., Vergeer, Ineke and Pesce, Caterina. 2024. "Martial arts, combat sports, and mental health in adults: A systematic review." Psychology of Sport and Exercise. 70. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2023.102556
Martial arts, combat sports, and mental health in adults: A systematic literature review
Ciaccioni, Simone, Castro, Oscar, Bahrami, Fatimah, Tomporowski, Phillip D., Capranica, Laura, Biddle, Stuart J.H., Vergeer, Ineke and Pesce, Caterina. 2023. "Martial arts, combat sports, and mental health in adults: A systematic literature review." North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA) 2023 Conference . Toronto, Canada 31 May - 03 Jun 2023 United States . Human Kinetics Publishers.
Correlation between Employee Performance, Well-Being, Job Satisfaction, and Life Satisfaction in Sedentary Jobs in Slovenian Enterprises
Kosec, Zinka, Sekulic, Stella, Wilson-Gahan, Susan, Rostohar, Katja, Tusak, Matej and Bon, Marta. 2022. "Correlation between Employee Performance, Well-Being, Job Satisfaction, and Life Satisfaction in Sedentary Jobs in Slovenian Enterprises." International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 19 (16). https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph191610427
Super-Elite Athlete Performance in International and Professional Sports - The David Nilsson Story
Wilson-Gahan, Susan. 2022. Super-Elite Athlete Performance in International and Professional Sports - The David Nilsson Story. PhD Thesis Doctor of Philosophy. University of Southern Queensland. https://doi.org/10.26192/yy246