Type of Submission

Poster

Keywords

Athlete, qualitative research, coping, stressors, barriers, college, education, academics, collegiate athlete, implications

Abstract

Involvement in both a collegiate sport and education can be overwhelming and stressful and has the potential to result in sacrificed educational advancement and attainment. Due to the lack of research done concerning this topic, limited knowledge is known regarding specific stressors encountered by athletes and their coping strategies used. As a result, there is little understanding about how to best support college-level student athletes. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to gain insight from university students as to how athletics affect their academic performance, and to battle against the stereotype of college athletes being average or just below average in their studies. Surveys and twenty minute interviews with thirteen Cedarville University Varsity female athletes were conducted. Data collection was analyzed revolving around the overarching subjects of: time-management, self-discipline, self-care involving sleep habits, responsibility, postgraduate athletic plans, values, and social skills. Overall, the trends highlight that athletes appreciate the structured schedule and have found the balancing to be beneficial towards their educational attainment. Athletes report that their sport has helped motivate them in their studies.

Campus Venue

Stevens Student Center

Location

Cedarville, OH

Start Date

4-12-2017 11:00 AM

End Date

4-12-2017 2:00 PM

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

 
Apr 12th, 11:00 AM Apr 12th, 2:00 PM

How Athletics Affect an Athlete’s Academic Performance

Cedarville, OH

Involvement in both a collegiate sport and education can be overwhelming and stressful and has the potential to result in sacrificed educational advancement and attainment. Due to the lack of research done concerning this topic, limited knowledge is known regarding specific stressors encountered by athletes and their coping strategies used. As a result, there is little understanding about how to best support college-level student athletes. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to gain insight from university students as to how athletics affect their academic performance, and to battle against the stereotype of college athletes being average or just below average in their studies. Surveys and twenty minute interviews with thirteen Cedarville University Varsity female athletes were conducted. Data collection was analyzed revolving around the overarching subjects of: time-management, self-discipline, self-care involving sleep habits, responsibility, postgraduate athletic plans, values, and social skills. Overall, the trends highlight that athletes appreciate the structured schedule and have found the balancing to be beneficial towards their educational attainment. Athletes report that their sport has helped motivate them in their studies.

 

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