The Interest in and Design of an Athletics Performance Curriculum Public Deposited

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  • March 22, 2019
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  • Harry, Molly
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
Abstract
  • Intellectual and life-skill benefits of collegiate athletics participation have been documented in empirical research, yet athletics-centric curricula are traditionally not offered for academic credit in higher education. This research employed a survey, distributed to college varsity athletes, coaches, athletics administrators, and faculty from three Atlantic Coast Conference institutions, to explore the interest in and design of an athletics performance minor through the lens of the Integrated View of intercollegiate athletics. The results demonstrate a moderate interest in an athletics performance curriculum, with 66% of those surveyed voicing support. Those most supportive were varsity athletes and coaches, while faculty were the most skeptical. Courses most desired for this curriculum were sport psychology and leadership. This study adds to the literature by addressing the philosophical dichotomy that despite the nexus between educational outcomes and athletics, an opportunity for academic credit is lacking.
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  • Weight, Erianne
  • Popp, Nels
  • Kerr, Zachary
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  • Master of Arts
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  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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  • 2018
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