ERIC Number: ED300338
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Social and Acadmic Characteristics of Elite High School Cross Country Runners.
Tuneberg, Jeffrey W.
The purpose of this study was to determine a typical, non-physiological profile of an elite high school cross country runner. The subjects, 43 males and 43 females who ran at the 1987 Ohio High School Cross Country Championships, responded to a questionnaire which requested information regarding academic achievement, family involvement in running, running experience, and reasons for running. Significant differences were found on a number of variables which classify an elite distance runner. These were academic achievement, sibling involvement in running, perceived effects of running, and motivation for running. The findings support a popular belief that elite distance runners are generally goal-oriented and run for reasons related to personal satisfaction. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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