An exploratory study of football student-athlete sport-to-profession transition
McCormick, Heather Stepp
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Previous research on the topic of student-athlete career development has primarily focused on the measurement of career constructs utilizing quantitative assessment instruments. While previous research has established that student-athletes are lacking in various career constructs, previous research does not provide insight into the student-athlete’s career exploration, planning, and decision making processes which are leading to these deficiencies. This mixed methods study will retrospectively examine the personal experiences of a diverse group of graduated Division I football student-athletes in the career development process and the impact career development has had on the student-athletes transition into the professional world. The results will include specific career development programming recommendations for the student-athlete population.