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LOPEZ DE SUBIJANA HERNANDEZ, Cristina et al. Analysis of the Perceived barriers of the spanish´s elite athletes to studies access. CPD [online]. 2015, vol.15, n.1, pp.265-274. ISSN 1989-5879.

The aims of this study were to determine if the academic status, the training load and the perceived barriers found by the elite athletes accessing at the studies vary by type of sport and gender. The design was a cross-sectional descriptive study. A multiple choice questions questionnaire was applied to a purposive sample. A total of 648 questionnaires were completed (418 individual sport athletes and 230 team sport athletes). Training load was higher among the individual sport athletes than at the team sport athletes. The academic level was higher at the team sport athletes than at the individual sport athletes. The individual sport athletes perceived in a higher grade the difficulties accessing to the studies. They showed higher individual barriers (I am usually tired, I am lazy and I lose the rhythm of the course) perceived barriers factor than their team sport counter parts. Women tended to reflect a higher perception on the time management barriers (I don´t have time and the timetables are not flexible). The individual sport athletes are more sensible to suffer academic exclusion.

Keywords : elite sport; sport career; education; difficulties.

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