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Fizička kultura
2019, vol. 73, iss. 1, pp. 89-105
article language: Serbian, English
document type: Review Paper
published on: 23/07/2019
doi: 10.5937/fizkul1901089R
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Academic study programs and education for the profession of sports, sports coach occupation
University of Belgrade, Faculty of Sports and Physical Education



This paper was made on the basis of three cognitive steps of inductive and deductive reasoning in order to confirm the status of sport as a significant factor of the social reality in this century, to identify problems in the field of sports profession and occupations and to propose measures and activities which would set up a logical strategic baseline for defining the criteria when formulating the profession and determining sports occupations. Within the first cognitive step, the views on the mission of sports, which has been assessed to be of an immediate and utmost importance for complementing ontological and body-related study on sports in this century, have been pointed out. Within the second step, the causes leading to the fact that the profession of Sports and sports occupations are inadequately recognized, both at the national and international level, have been considered. The problems observed in the area of the academic study programs at the faculties in Serbia were analysed and correlated with the trends in education (education and training) for the sports coach occupation. Within the third step, the elements of the affirmation strategy for the profession of Sports have been proposed. The purpose of this paper should be understood as a step further in the civilization's confirmation of the importance and role of sports, as well as in providing a framework for strategic actions for the benefit of the profession, as well as the existing and new occupations in sports. In this paper, it was equally important to identify and point out the barriers found in the academic programs of Serbian faculties that need to be overcome in order to achieve the desired affirmation and progress of Physical Education and Sport Science.


sports; profession; occupations; sports coach; university third mission; study programs; Serbia


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