Dual Career Pathways
Having the opportunity to engage in a dual career pathway alongside an athletic career, is now being recognised as important by most European and International sport policies. The premise of these recent policy developments is that all athletes should be able to participate in environments that promote long term personal growth and wellbeing, in addition to sporting excellence. While sport has a duty of care in supporting athletes, ultimately athletes themselves have to take ownership of their own development. There are many positive benefits for engaging in dual career pathways for athletes but it might be challenging. This chapter in The Secret Balance of Champions focusses on the challenges elite athletes might face while engaging in dual career pathways.