Faculty of Physical Education and Physical Therapy

Postal address
Pleinlaan 2
1050
Brussel
Belgium

Movement and Sport Sciences

Postal address
Pleinlaan 2
1050
Brussels
Belgium

Expertise

Sofie is currently working as a doctoral researcher at the Department of Movement and Sport Sciences (MOSS), which is part of the Faculty of Sport Science and Physiotherapy. Sofie is an active member of the research group Sport Psychology and Mental Support (SPMB) of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Sofie graduated at the VUB in 2016 as Master of Science in Physical Education and Movement Sciences (minor: Sportmanagement) and obtained an additional Master of Science in Management in 2017. 

In her doctoral dissertation - under the supervision of Prof. Paul Wylleman & Dr. Koen De Brandt - Sofie investigates the challenges, barriers, and resources influencing elite athletes' dual career pathway 'elite sport and employment' and their transition to a post-athletic career by entering the job market. In parallel, Sofie is involved in two Erasmus+ projects that focus on (1) optimizing elite athletes' competencies during their dual 'elite sport and employment' career pathway and (2) enabling the transition of elite athletes into a post-athletic career: Be a Winner In elite Sport and Employment before and after athletic Retirement (B-WISER; 2017-2018) and Mind the Gap (2018-2020). Both projects are co-funded by the Erasmus+ Sport programme of the European Commission. 

Research output

  1. B-WISER: Be a Winner In elite Sport and Employment before and after athletic Retirement

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingMeeting abstract (Book)Research

  2. Mind the Gap: Closing the gap between the end of the professional soccer career and entering the labour market

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingMeeting abstract (Book)Research

  3. The added value of employing active and former elite athletes: An employer’s perspective

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingMeeting abstract (Book)Research

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Activities

  1. B-WISER: Be a Winner In elite Sport and Employment before and after athletic Retirement.

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference

  2. The added value of employing active and former elite athletes: An employer’s perspective

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference

  3. The roles and competencies of player-development managers in European football

    Activity: Talk or presentationTalk or presentation at a conference

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