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Information about project titled 'The Grand Leap: Role of Health Problems in Adolescence in establishing an Adult Sporting Career'

The Grand Leap: Role of Health Problems in Adolescence in establishing an Adult Sporting Career

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Project status: Ongoing
Project manager: Nils Fredrik Holm Moseid
Supervisor(s): Roald Bahr, Nicolas Lemyre, Glyn Caerwyn Roberts
Coworker(s): Stian Bahr Sandmo, Christine Holm Moseid


Introduction: This is a follow-up of the project "The Young Athlete's Health", a study on health problems in first-year students at Elite Sport High Schools. At the time of admission, the students are considered possible senior elite athletes, and they follow a regular high-school education while doing elite level sports. The current project collects data on the students last two years in high school, and the first year after high school.

Only a fraction of adolescent elite athletes establish an adult elite career. Which factors that determine this transition, are not well known. Health complaints could be one of these.  Some injuries are known to be possible career killers. The total burden of many minor complaints can be harder to see.

: Evaluate  possible interactions between health complaints in adolescence, and building a career as a senior elite athlete

: Web-based questionnaires and personal interview. The personal interview includes a retrospective registration of health complaints covering the last two years. Web-based questionnaires will be distributed spring 2017 and spring 2018.

: Knowledge regarding how health impacts on achievement will hopefully help motivate coaches and athletes for preventive measures.