FEPSAC position statement: Athletes' dual careers in the European context

Natalia Stambulova, Paul Wylleman, Miquel Torregrossa, Saša Cecić Erpič, Francesca Vitali, Koen de Brandt, Anastasiya Khomutova, Alexis Ruffault, Yago Ramis

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The aim of this FEPSAC Position Statement is to summarize current knowledge about athletes' dual careers (DCs) in the European context and propose recommendations for future DC research, practice, and policy. Inspired by the European Union's Guidelines on Dual Careers of Athletes (European Commission, 2012), researchers, practitioners, and policy makers collaborated over the last decade to create the European DC discourse as a context-informed and negotiated body of DC knowledge. In this paper, we proceed from analyzing this body of knowledge using recent review papers and European DC psychological research projects to formulating seven postulates summarizing DC research findings on factors influencing athletes in their striving for DC excellence. These factors include (1) context, (2) pathways and transitions, (3) challenges, (4) resources and coping, (5) support and empowerment, (6) student-athletes' mental health, and (7) DC development environments. In the final section, we acknowledge the contributions of European DC discourse in serving athletes in their pursuit of DC excellence and European DC culture. We also provide a critical discussion on DC knowledge gaps and, on behalf of FEPSAC, offer recommendations for DC research, practice, and policy in Europe. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2023. Published by Elsevier Ltd.]
Original languageEnglish
Article number102572
JournalPsychology of sport and exercise
Publication statusPublished - 27 Nov 2023


  • European dual career discourse
  • European dual career culture
  • Dual career excellence
  • Dual career development environments
  • Holistic perspective on athletes’ development


Dive into the research topics of 'FEPSAC position statement: Athletes' dual careers in the European context'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this