An Overview of Academic Stress on College Athletes

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Naomi Lockamy, student (Creator)
Elizabeth City State University (ECSU )
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Jennifer Brown

Abstract: Mental health is an important topic that has attracted more attention in recent years,especially in the athletic community due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Suicide cases have risenamong student athletes, placing it as the fourth leading cause of deaths among college athletes.Athletes face an extreme level of stress because of sports, academics, and their day-to-day life.This study was designed to evaluate those stress levels in athletes and identify whether men orwomen faced more academic stress during the school year. There were 130 college athletes,ranging from 18 to 25 years of age (89 men; 40 women; 1 preferred not to say), who participated.Participants were recruited face to face or by social media. Participants completed a survey thatincluded biographic questions, the WHO-5 Well-Being Index questionnaire, and the PerceptionAcademic Stress Scale (PASS). Results showed that there was a weak correlation betweenacademic stress and the well-being of college athletes. The men college athletes, however,reported a better well-being and less academic stress levels when compared to women collegeathletes. Overall, the perceptions of workload and exams caused the most academic stress withinboth genders.

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Honors Project
Language: English
Date: 2023
academic stress, athletes, pandemic, college athletes

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