Speaker: Professor Astrid Schubring

Date: 26 June 2024

Time: 1pm-2pm British Summer Time (BST)

Venue: Online event

A Zoom link will be sent at least two working days before the seminar.


11.55amSession opens online for joining – please turn off your microphone when joining
Dr Melanie Lang, Director of the Centre for Child Protection and Safeguarding in Sport and Reader in Safeguarding and Children’s Rights in Sport, Edge Hill University, UK
12.05pmWhat can we learn from elite athletes’ lived experiences about athlete sustainability? Professor Astrid Schubring, German Sport University Cologne, Germany

Webinar abstract

The development of expertise has interested sport scientist for decades. Different theories and research methodologies have been used to explain why some athletes develop into champions, and how coaches, clubs and sport systems can best support this process. Existing research has first and foremost focused on physical and mental dispositions, skill learning and training regimes. In this presentation, I argue for the importance of listening to athletes’ lived experiences as a central base of knowledge. Delving into qualitative research in Olympic and Paralympic sport, I show how becoming an elite athlete is a ‘whole person process’, situated in time and sociocultural context. I move on to discuss the athlete welfare and sustainability, and close with an outlook on future research and implications for practice.

Speaker biography

Professor Astrid Schubring

Astrid Schubring is a Professor in the Sociology of Sport at the German Sport University Cologne in Germany. Astrid’s research interests centre on athlete health and well-being, youth and elite sport, biographical research, and the body in physical education.

Headshot of Professor Astrid Schubring