Graduation Date

Spring 2021

Document Type

Thesis

Program

Master of Science degree with a major in Kinesiology, option Exercise Science

Committee Chair Name

Dr. Jill Pawlowski

Committee Chair Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Whitney Ogle

Second Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Third Committee Member Name

Dr. Taylor Bloedon

Third Committee Member Affiliation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Subject Categories

Kinesiology

Abstract

Injuries are to be expected when participating in all levels of collegiate sports (e.g., recreation, elite, club, intermural). It is common among collegiate athletes to continue practicing or competing despite being in pain/injured. This willingness to play hurt can cause negative consequences for athlete’s future health. The purpose of this study was to examine the influence of biological sex, athletic identity and pressure on collegiate athlete’s attitudes and behaviors toward playing through pain and injury. Student-athletes involved in NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division II sports completed two questionnaires and one measurement scale: demographic questionnaire, Risk, Pain and Injury Questionnaire and the Athletic Identity Measurement Scale. The results of this study indicated that student-athletes’ perceived pressure from coaches, but not biological sex or athletic identity had a significant influence on collegiate athlete’s attitudes and behaviors toward playing through pain and injury. Future research should also continue to examine the influence of gender on playing through pain and injury, as there is still conflicting evidence; as seen with our studies’ results. By analyzing the ‘why’ to an athlete accepting the cost of playing through pain and injury improvements to the life of future student-athletes may be made.

Citation Style

APA

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