Electronic Theses and Dissertations

Identifier

2712

Date

2016

Date of Award

7-12-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Major

Communication

Committee Chair

Craig Stewart

Committee Member

Antonio de Velasco

Committee Member

Patrick Dillon

Abstract

This thesis explored lived experiences of former international student-athletes in communicating with their American coaches through ten qualitative interviews. Despite the large and growing number of international student-athletes within the NCAA, research on this population is scarce. To study this topic is important because the relationship and communication with their coaches' highly impacts student-athletes' performance in many aspects of their collegiate experience and beyond. The study found that cultural differences in training methods and systems, an athlete's English proficiency, a coach's personality traits, and a coach's willingness to adjust to his/her athletes all affected coach-athlete communication.

Comments

Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

dissertation or thesis originally submitted to the local University of Memphis Electronic Theses & dissertation (ETD) Repository.

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