Journal of Sports Science and Medicine
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Research article
The Social Support Experiences of Major Junior Ice Hockey Players in a Physically Removed Region of Canada
Timothy V. Dubé, Robert J. Schinke , David J. Hancock, Nicole G. Dubuc
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Ben Avery Physical Education Center, School of Human Kinetics, Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

Robert J. Schinke
✉ B-241B Ben Avery Physical Education Center, School of Human Kinetics, 935 Ramsey Lake Rd., Laurentian University, Sudbury, Ontario, Canada P3E 2C6
Email: rschinke@laurentian.ca
Publish Date
Received: 19-02-2007
Accepted: 24-05-2007
Published (online): 01-12-2007
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ABSTRACT

The present report from a larger project overviews the sources and types of social support resourced by 10 major junior athletes while they performed out of one physically removed Canadian region. Retrospective interviews and content analysis were conducted during three stages (3, 3, and 4 respondents). The data were segmented into meaning units, coded into a hierarchy of themes, and verified by each respondent and an expert panel (former athlete, coach, parent of former athlete). The respondents sought out three types of social support from four different sources (providers) that were adapted to their remote location, including teachers and general community support. Implications are considered in terms of applied research and practice with aspiring adolescent athletes located in removed locations.

Key words: Regional, social support, ice hockey


           Key Points
  • The study extends knowledge about the sources and types of social support resourced by elite major junior ice hockey players located in one physically removed Canadian region.
  • From the respondents’ views, three types of social support were sought from four different sources.
  • Implications are considered in terms of sport psychology research and applied practice.
 
 
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