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dc.contributor.authorBechtol, Susan Smithen_US

The long-term effects of participation in high school sports were the focus of this study. Ten top-level managers in Fortune 500 companies were asked about participation in high school sports and the enduring effects of that participation.

Five men (one black) and five women (one Asian) participated in the study. Interviewing, observing offices, and reviewing high school yearbooks were the methods of data collection. The data were analyzed using the constant-comparative method of Maykut and Morehouse (1994).

Based on the literature and the development of a sports participation theory, data were collected on the organizational and personal variables affecting participation in high school sports, and the sports participation variables affecting later life.

Long-term effects of sports participation in high school were identified in 13 areas: (1) being competitive, (2) being goal oriented, (3) being physically active, (4) making friends, (5) developing leadership skills, (6) enhancing self-esteem, (7) displaying sports paraphernalia, (8) practicing sports philosophy, (9) working as a team, (10) acquiring skills not taught in a classroom, (11) managing time, (12) volunteering, and (13) working with diverse groups. These findings may be helpful to school administrators and policy makers as they evaluate the benefits and liabilities of their sports programs.

dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
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dc.subjectphysical activityen_US
dc.subjecthigh schoolen_US
dc.subjectFortune 500en_US
dc.subjectstudent participationen_US
dc.subjectlong-term effectsen_US
dc.titleAdults' Perceptions of the Long-Term Effects of Participation in High School Sportsen_US
dc.contributor.departmentEducational Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US D.en_US Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US Leadership and Policy Studiesen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairParks, David J.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberChristy, William R.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberDawson, Christina M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSwecker, Vicki M.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberTwiford, Travis W.en_US

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