ERIC Number: ED333267
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Higher Education Wellness Methods for Institutional Athletics: Research Indicators.
Delaney, Gloria; Gunn, Lindsey
College and university administrators who must make decisions regarding athletic programs and student services need more information on lifestyle choices and health service needs of athletes in major college sports. This study was conducted to identify lifestyle choices and health service needs of athletes in three major sports at a selected university as research indicators for the development of appropriate wellness methods and services. Student athletes (N=101) in tennis, basketball, and football completed the Delaney-Gunn Lifestyle Questionnaire and the Gunn-Delaney Health Services Questionnaire. Results revealed no significant differences between male and female athletes regarding perceptions of their lifestyle as it related to physical, mental/emotional, social, and spiritual health. There appeared to be a significant differences between the perception of social health of tennis and basketball players, with basketball players feeling socially inept and tennis players feeling secure. Only 34% indicated that they considered their spiritual health to always be good. Almost one-half considered alcohol as a necessity at a party and about 10% indicated that drugs should be included at parties. Student athletes reported broad usage of the university's health services. The findings led to recommendations that university athletes be encouraged to participate frequently in counseling services and that there be intensive, required drug education programs. (NB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of the American Association for Counseling and Development (Reno, NV, April 21-24, 1991).