If you work in athlete development at any level, summer is usually the time when you get a break. This is when most of us refresh, engage with colleagues and participate in professional development activities.
Professional development conferences I recommend attending are the National Association of Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A), NCAA Accelerating Academic Success Program (AASP), Athlete Development Summit (ADS) and the Alliance of Social Workers in Sports (ASWIS). At these events, the latest research and trends in the field of athlete development are discussed by leading academicians and practitioners. It’s also a great time for networking and identifying industry experts and resources that can support you and your program.
Participating in the aforementioned conferences and a review of the agendas this year prompted me to provide a list of the current athlete development hot topics. See the list below (no certain order) and share any topics you think are missing in the comments section. As you plan your education and development programming for this season, keep these topics in mind.
Athlete Development Hot Topics
- Mental Health & Wellness
- Sexual Harassment & Violence
- Leadership: Activism & Social Responsibility
- Engaging Coaches
- Career Education, Development & Transition
- Measuring Program Effectiveness
- Generational & Cultural Communication
- Athletic Identity
- Utilizing Technology
- Managing Time Constraints