About This Journal

The Journal of Athlete Development and Experience (JADE) was founded to give voice to the athlete experience and address issues surrounding athlete development. Our goal is to publish and promote research that focuses on people over profits. Our editorial board is comprised of scholars, practitioners, and educators from universities and sport organizations.

All articles are peer-reviewed by members of the editorial board and members of the peer review team.


The mission of the Journal of Athlete Development and Experience is to advance, promote, and disseminate original empirical research surrounding issues concerning athletes in high school through professional sports both in the United States and abroad. This interdisciplinary journal will include a wide variety of topics and methodological approaches to examine the development of athletes. The research that is published in this journal will be both practical and theoretical in nature.

Submissions to this journal that are cross-disciplinary and have clear applied and real-world uses are encouraged. All articles are peer-reviewed and intended for an audience of both academics and practitioners, and should be written for the lay reader.


The goal of JADE is to focus on empirical research that can give new voice and insight to the athletic experience from a variety of perspectives and methodologies. All manuscripts should be timely, thought provoking, and add to the existing body of literature.

Submissions should focus around of theme of athlete development and experiences. Topics may include (but are not limited to):

  • Nutrition, Healthy Eating and Disordered Eating
  • Health, Injury and Recovery
  • Personal Safety and Risk Factors
  • Substance Use and Abuse
  • Mental Skills for Athletic Performance
  • Predictors of Success in Sport
  • Skill Acquisitions and Expertise
  • Financial Education and Literacy
  • Career Development for Elite and Professional Athletes
  • Leveraging Sports: Transitions In and Out of Sport
  • Character and Leadership Development
  • Mental and Emotional Health
  • Media Use, Education and Literacy
  • Athlete Identity
  • Support Services for Athletes
  • Sports Psychology and Athlete Development
  • Race, Gender, Identity, Culture, and Sports
  • Social Justice, Activism, and Sports
  • Coaching and Athlete Development: Participation and Performance