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Popi Sotiriadou, Jessie Brouwers, Veerle De Bosscher and Graham Cuskelly

Previous studies acknowledge the importance of sporting organizations’ developing partnerships with clubs for athlete development purposes. However, there are no studies that address the way partnerships influence athlete progression and pathways. This study explores interorganizational relationships (IORs) between a tennis federation and tennis clubs in their efforts to improve player development processes. Document analysis and semistructured interviews with representatives from clubs and the Flemish federation were used. The findings show that the federation and the clubs engaged in IORs to achieve reciprocity and efficiency. The federation anticipated gaining legitimacy and asymmetry, and clubs expected to develop stability. Formal and informal control mechanisms facilitated IOR management. The conceptual model discussed in this study shows the types of IOR motives, management, and control mechanisms that drive and influence the attraction, retention/ transition, and nurturing processes of athlete development.

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Jan Haut, Freya Gassmann, Eike Emrich, Tim Meyer and Christian Pierdzioch

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics. Apparently, Russia’s international image could hardly be worse. In this sense, the country’s huge investment in funding elite sports seems to have failed completely. However, according to Grix and Kramareva ( 2015 ), the Kremlin’s elite sport policy has forefronted domestic

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Matt Hoffmann, Todd Loughead and Jeffrey Caron

played a key role in facilitating athlete progression to elite sport, and it is plausible that they influenced his desire to serve as a peer mentor. In support of this suggestion, there is research in organizational (e.g.,  Ragins, & Cotton, 1993 ) and sport ( Hoffmann et al., 2017 ) settings linking

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Matthew R. Hodler

on amateurism. Later as president of the IOC from 1952 until 1972, he was known for his “ardent defense of amateurism in the Olympic movement.” 33 Brundage’s long career in elite sport ensured that these ideologies of amateurism stayed entrenched within the Olympic Structures at least until he left

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Jeannine Ohlert, Thea Rau and Marc Allroggen

of situations are not acceptable. Simply put, these experiences might often not seem to be “severe enough” to tell anyone or to search for support or help. In the context of elite sport in particular, where the tolerance of transgressions of other kinds is necessary to reach top performance

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Rachael C. Stone, Shane N. Sweet, Marie-Josée Perrier, Tara MacDonald, Kathleen A. Martin Ginis and Amy E. Latimer-Cheung

in making their athlete status apparent (e.g., wearing team clothing, working participation into conversation, highlighting participation on résumés)—similar to overtly describing an adult as an elite sport participant in this study in an effort to mitigate the disability stereotypes they face from

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Miranda J. Menaspà, Paolo Menaspà, Sally A. Clark and Maurizio Fanchini

the quality of the data. In elite sport, it may happen that the 2 previously mentioned situations occur at the same time: use of a modified RPE scale and use of a new method for data collection. For the previously mentioned reasons, it is the best practice to ensure validity of the collected data

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Hedda Berntsen and Elsa Kristiansen

coach interpersonal-style perspective to the Norwegian Ski Federation’s educational system and ultimately, if evaluated as meaningful, part of The Norwegian Olympic and Paralympic Committee and Confederation of Sports. MAPS was implemented at one of the Norwegian College of Elite Sport (NTG) schools

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Rachel Vaccaro and Ted M. Butryn

of athlete: Narrative tensions in elite sport . Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 14 ( 5 ), 701 – 708 . doi: 10.1016/j.psychsport.2013.05.003 Carr , C. , & Davidson , J. ( 2014 ). Mind, body and sport: Understanding and supporting student-athlete mental wellness . Indianapolis, IN : NCAA

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Dean Norris, David Joyce, Jason Siegler, James Clock and Ric Lovell

. Traditionally, these assessments were commonly performed in laboratory settings using expensive and importable equipment such as isokinetic dynamometers. More recently, however, the isometric midthigh pull (IMTP) has become increasingly used as a strength profiling tool in elite sport settings, 16 , 17