College student-athletes lead a unique lifestyle in which they must manage high athletic involvement and performance demands along with traditional expectations of college students. They are expected to appropriately execute athletic and academic roles and perform at high standards in both. About half of these student-athletes will suffer an injury over the course of their college career. Injury may elicit psychological distress and can threaten the athletic identity of the athletes. They are expected to continue to maintain both their athlete and student identities at pre-injury level while working through the injury, often with relatively little support. While physical support helps the injury heal, psychological support has been shown to aid in the adjustment in activity and identity during the rehabilitation process while managing the demands of the student-athlete lifestyle. The current research is aimed at better understanding the awareness of student-athletes of availability of psychological resources, specifically sport psychology resources, and the factors that make student-athletes more likely to express interest in access to sport psychology services when recovering from injury. The research found that student-athletes are generally unaware of whether or not they have access to sport psychology services and that gender and the experience of psychological distress following injury affect interest in access to sport psychology services. The findings support the need for an increase in education of student-athletes about these services and their availability within college settings.
|Commitee:||Abrams, Mitch, Ellenhorn, Theodore, Graves, James|
|School Location:||United States -- Ohio|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Mental health, Physical therapy, Counseling Psychology, Clinical psychology|
|Keywords:||College counseling, Injury, Scholar-athletes, Sport psychology, Student-athletes|
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