Nonstudent athlete vs student’s athletes

Nonstudent athlete vs student’s athletes

Research proposal to find out if nonstudent athletes have a better understanding of their career choice than student’s athletes

According to Erpic, Wylleman and Zupancic (2004), the possibility that nonathletes student- have a better understanding more than there counterparts who are athletes student is very high. According to Erpic, Wylleman, and Zupancic (2004) the research carried out on various colleges and universities and then compared results, the athlete-student seemed to acknowledge themselves as more of sportsmen and women as well as they were overconfident of their prosperity on the sports industry. However, on the other hand, the non-student athletes were more concerned with their prospects in line with their wants and options in the career path they had chosen. The student also developed the idea that they understood more of the categories in the career path of their choice to some extent they were able to tell the starting salaries and qualifications requirements of the chosen career path. For example, the interested medical students were more knowledgeable based on the medical categories in the healthcare industries, as well as the best employees and also, the academic requirements with regards to minimum qualification.

Additionally, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) tends to pride itself in regards to the co-curricular activities implemented in colleges and universities, where they are more interested in developing talents. However, many students progressively attain good career knowledge as well as their athlete activities consecutively. But according to Christopher Jolly, (2008) the statistics show a very different scenario, this is because as much as the association develops better student, very few of them make it successfully in the field of athleticism. As a result, the students are desperately ailing since they set all their goals on the sports category, which they were unable to make. In comparison to the non-student athletes who are well vast with the career options and other objectives which are more natured and taught at the academic clubs in various institutions. This scenario leaves the non-student athletes having a un-upper hand in the understanding of career choices than the athlete students.

Another issue that prevents the athlete’s student have a better understanding of their career choices is the low performance in their respective class work as compared to the other students. As a result of the limited performance in class the non-student athletes, tend to perceive that their abilities are narrowed down to the athletics activities which they tend to put more effort into the filed in place of their class work. As a result, the situation develops a  demotivation factor for further research on careers which later limits their understanding which is directly opposite from the non-athletic student, who are more focused on academics and the career options available for them.

Beamon, (2008), explains that am much as the athletic student develop better discipline, interaction skills, and determination qualities better than their counterparts students, there research levels, as well as the motive to learn new things and to extend their knowledge, is limited compared to the non-athletic students. In this case, the non-athletic students developed a better edge with regards to understanding the options available for them than the other students, which later contributes to limited knowledge for the athletic students on the career alternatives accessible and attainable for them, in general.


Christopher Jolly, J. (2008). Raising the question# 9 is the student-athlete population unique? And why should we care?. Communication Education, 57(1), 145-151.

Erpic, S. C., Wylleman, P., & Zupancic, M. (2004). The effect of athletic and non-athletic factors on the sports career termination process. Psychology of sport and exercise, 5(1), 45-59.

Beamon, K. K. (2008). “Used Goods”: Former African American College Student-Athletes’ Perception of Exploitation by Division I Universities. The Journal of Negro Education, 352-364.


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