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As an elite athlete, it is sometimes difficult to be able to manage education and study whilst training and competing.

Research shows that athletes with an integrated approach of combining sport and education, life skills and employment opportunities are more likely to achieve their sporting goals, cope better with the workload and manage injury and retirement better. Elite athletes have commented that they have more confidence in what the future holds after sport when they pursue an integrated approach to their sport.

Education can be via a formal or informal structure. Formal education will result in a recognised qualification, whereas informal education may not result in a qualification but may help to add to your experience and skills.

One example of informal education is the recently launched IOC Athlete MOOC (Massive Open Online Course). The IOC Athlete MOOC is an online education platform for athletes. The content includes short courses on interesting topics such as nutrition, sport and technology, and athlete career transition, with new courses added every month.

The education pillar of the ACP provides tools and guidance for you, the athlete, to be able to excel in educational pursuits. There are resources available in the Athletes' Kit (below) to help guide you in making an informed decision in regard to the educational opportunities available to you.

Click here to go to the Education page of the Athletes' Kit.


Athletes' Kit

Athletes' Kit
Resources for your next steps The IOC Athletes’ Kit is a collection of resources from the IOC Athletes’ Commission written exclusively for you, the athlete.

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