Athlete's Guide to Career Planning

Athlete's Guide to Career Planning


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Athlete's Guide to Career Planning by Al Petitpas, Delight Champagne, Judy Chartrand, Steven Danish


The Athlete's Guide to Career Planning is a straight forward guide that shows how to develop a "game plan" for life. High school, college, and elite athletes will find helpful tips for balancing school, work, and the demands of sport participation. Coaches and counselors will find valuable career and life skills information to share with their athletes.

The highly experienced authors, who have worked with thousands of athletes at all levels, provide specific tools to help readers make important transitions and life decisions during each stage in their athletic career.

With 46 easy-to-use worksheets, readers will learn how to

- identify physical and psychological transitions;
- establish and use support systems to guide them through transitions and plan for the future;
- relate scholastic and vocational choices to their personal identity;
- balance the demands of sport and academics;
- apply sport skills to career planning;
- identify and match their skills, interests, and values with career goals; and
- succeed at the job search process, including writing resumes and cover letters and preparing for interviews.

The Athlete's Guide to Career Planning also features case studies of athletes that help readers understand important issues about athletic life and transitions.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873224598
Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
Publication date: 03/28/1997
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Al Petitpas, EdD, is professor of psychology and director of graduate training at Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He has designed and implemented career development and transition programs for elite athletes, including the Career Assistance Program for Athletes (CAPA) for the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Planning for Future Careers Program for the Ladies Professional Golf Association (LPGA). He also helped to create the NCAA Youth Education through Sports Program (YES).

Working in the area of career development for more than 20 years, Delight E. Champagne, PhD, has helped athletes at the college and professional level, including the USOC and LPGA. She is a professor of psychology at Springfield College where she coordinates the graduate preparation program in student personnel and teaches graduate-level career development courses.

Judy Chartrand, PhD, is an associate professor of psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University where she teaches courses in career development. In 1995 she received the Early Career Award from the American Psychology Association for her work in career development. She has consulted with the U.S. Olympic Team for CAPA.

Steven J. Danish, PhD, has worked with more than 100 Olympic athletes, helping them plan for life after sports. Danish was instrumental in designing the USOC program for athletes.
He is director of the Life Skills Center at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA.

Throughout his career, Shane M. Murphy, PhD, has helped hundreds of athletes with performance and personal concerns. He served as the sport psychologist for the USOC from 1987 to 1994. Murphy continues to work with athletes as a consultant and writes numerous articles and chapters on sport psychology.

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