Supporting University Athletes to Succeed in Both Academic and Sport Performance at a University in Japan

Abstract

University athletes often face a dilemma of succeeding in both academic performance and sport performance. For example, Inoue et al (2011) found that university athletes often found it very difficult for making time to study because of their physical fatigue. The future of university athletes is often uncertain. Some might succeed in their sport fields after finishing their study but most of them will retire sports and choose to get stable jobs for their lifetime. Although university athletes need to take a balance on academic and sport performance at university, the author of this study believes that it is extremely hard for them to do it. Thus, the aim of this study is to investigate 1: how university athletes can effectively manage their study and sport club activity, 2: if there are any problems on managing both study and club activities, then how university staff can support them. All participants of this study belong to university sport clubs and they major in sport and health science at a private university in Japan. Questionnaires are used in order to collect the data and 216 responses in total are collected. The data is quantitatively analyzed. The results show that participants spent more time on their club activities than study in general although over the half of participants think study at university is important. At the conference, the author will present the details of the results and discuss how these sport students can manage well on both study and sports.



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Yoshihiko Yamamoto, Shizuoka University, Japan

Paper Information
Conference: ACE2015
Stream: Student learning

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