A Cross-Sectional Analysis of DIII Athletes’ Perceptions of Sport Psychology
Sanchez, Gracie A.
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The focus of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has been the “protection of student-athlete well-being, maintenance of amateurism in collegiate sports, and support for the pursuit of excellence in academic and athletic domains” (Connole et al., 2014, pg. 406). As a result of this, some athletic departments offer a multitude of services to help student-athletes in their academic, athletic, personal, and career related goals. In this study, all participants were student athletes from 15 different sport teams at Carthage College. Questionnaires were sent to the athletes during Spring 2019 using Google Forms via email from the researcher. 126 athletes responded to the questionnaire. The purpose of this study was to determine the attitudes of student athletes at the DIII level toward seeking professional sport psychological help. This will be analyzed through gender, sport type, playing status, and injury. The responses of this survey were analyzed by ANOVA and t-tests. The results found that the only significant differences found were regarding gender and playing status with confidence in sport psychology. The other tests done presented no significant difference in the gender, playing status, sport type, and injury length regarding confidence in sport psychology, stigma tolerance, and openness to sport psychology. This research suggests that all participants in this study are willing to work with a sport psychologist.
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