Graduate Research Papers


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College sports--Iowa --Cedar Falls-- Psychological aspects; Motivation (Psychology)--Iowa--Cedar Falls; College athletes--Iowa--Cedar Falls--Psychology;


College club sports offer many positive benefits to students. Some of those benefits include: (a) an opportunity for college students to belong to highly organized and skilled teams; (b) development of good time management skills with multiple commitments, such as balancing time between a sport and school; (c) establishing an understanding of what it takes to be committed to something and the effort needed to be successful; (d) development and improvement of athletic skills; (e) social opportunities; and (f) an extension of one’s identity development. On average, 78% of college campuses offer club sports through the Rec Sports Department (Nirsa precor sport, 2010). Club sport athletes participate in their sports with minimal fan support and limited opportunities for athletic scholarships for their participation. However, participation in club sports serves a significant role in the lives college students in various ways. Examining the motivating factors for participation will help explain why so many college students participate in club sports. This examination will rely on the results of a questionnaire completed by college students who participate in club sport programs.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services


Division of Leisure, Youth and Human Services

First Advisor

Christopher Kowalski

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