Electronic Theses and Dissertations


Felipe Rocha



Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Liberal Studies


Professional Studies

Committee Chair

Colin Chapell

Committee Member

Cody Havard

Committee Member

ichael Hutchinson

Committee Member

Timothy Ryan

Committee Member

Adam Walker


The purpose of the study is to investigate the impact of sports participation on students between the ages of 12 and 17 years old in their academic performances, attitudes, and study habits. Furthermore, the study focuses on sports involvement's positive and negative outcomes. Following high school, students have difficulty determining if they should further their education or go straight into the workforce. Those who play sports can consider opportunities in athletics. The study is conducted through purposive sampling which identifies and selects individuals with information related to the study. These individuals are pre-determined for more reliable data. There are six open-ended questions conducted in Portuguese via an online platform, then transcribed and translated into English. Finally, the results are coded and key phrases and similar sets of answers are identified and analyzed. The data displays three ways academics are impacted by sports: positively, negatively, or not at all. There are additional findings in the study that impact student-athletes’ lives: academic concerns, life skills, and academic benefits. The study concludes that sports are more of a fun and healthy extracurricular activity for student-athletes and it is up to them on how to make the most out of it. Student-athletes need to have strong support from their community. Emotional and practical guidance can be a crucial aspect of a student excelling in sports. The study raises awareness about the academic impact of sports on teenagers. The findings help student-athletes to be the best version of themselves inside and outside the classroom. The study provides data on how to prepare student-athletes to excel beyond high school.


Data is provided by the student.

Library Comment

Dissertation or thesis originally submitted to ProQuest.


Open Access