‘Balancing Acts’: A Qualitative Investigation of Division I Football Players’ Roles of Student and Athlete
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Leslee A. Fisher
Wanda Costen, Diana Moyer
The purpose of this study was to examine African-American Division I football players’ perceptions of their ability to balance their roles as “students” and “athletes”. Three major questions were addressed: Can student-athletes balance both the roles of “student” and “athlete”? If so, how are they able to do so? And, are they truly successful at it? Semi-structured interviews were undertaken with eight African-American football players at a Division I university. Six themes emerged which included: (a) parental emphasis on education and sport; (b) “childhood dreams” versus sport realities; (c) reality check; (d) perceptions of student-athletes; (e) pressure to become a “man”; and (f) being a student-athlete. Future directions for research, sport psychology consultants and athletic department staff are also given.
Jones, Patricia Y., "‘Balancing Acts’: A Qualitative Investigation of Division I Football Players’ Roles of Student and Athlete. " Master's Thesis, University of Tennessee, 2008.