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dc.contributor.authorCross, Eric Michaelen_US
dc.date.accessioned2017-04-06T15:44:07Z
dc.date.available2017-04-06T15:44:07Z
dc.date.issued2011-10-25en_US
dc.identifier.otheretd-10262011-105039en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10919/77247
dc.description.abstractCompetition athletic apparel plays a large role in the world of NCAA Division I college athletics. New and innovative designs, styles, and fashions are continually introduced by athletic apparel manufacturers as they attempt to find the latest and greatest uniforms, footwear and protective equipment. Still, little research exists on the impact that athletic apparel has on college athletes. What does an athlete feel as they don their competition athletic apparel to compete at this top level of collegiate sport? The purpose of this study was to examine student-athlete experiences with competition athletic apparel in relation to self-perception. Did the apparel worn in competition by student-athlete's play a role on their mental state as they entered competition? Sixteen participants from a large NCAA Division I athletic program participated in this study during the spring semester of 2011. A stratified sample of eight female student-athletes and eight male student-athletes was used. The participants were drawn from the sports of Men's Soccer, Women's Soccer, Men's Basketball, and Women's Basketball. Participants completed face to face interviews that employed a semi-structured approach. Interview questions addressed aspects of the Functional, Aesthetic, Expressive (FEA) consumer needs model as well as Self-Perception Theory. All interviews used a grounded theory approach to foster the emergence of data as interviews progressed. Data was analyzed using qualitative methods that stressed the importance of true lived experience. The results of the study revealed that student-athlete self-perception was indeed impacted by various aspects of competition athletic apparel. Each participant revealed one or more concerns about their competition apparel in relation to the different categories of the FEA. Further, many of these concerns followed important aspects of Self-Perception Theory. The results of this study further revealed that coaches, athletes, and competition apparel manufactures would benefit from understanding the impact that competition apparel has on athlete self-perception. Results showed that athletes wanted competition apparel that looked good, felt good, and fit properly.en_US
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dc.publisherVirginia Techen_US
dc.rightsI hereby certify that, if appropriate, I have obtained and attached hereto a written permission statement from the owner(s) of each third party copyrighted matter to be included in my thesis, dissertation, or project report, allowing distribution as specified below. I certify that the version I submitted is the same as that approved by my advisory committee. I hereby grant to Virginia Tech or its agents the non-exclusive license to archive and make accessible, under the conditions specified below, my thesis, dissertation, or project report in whole or in part in all forms of media, now or hereafter known. I retain all other ownership rights to the copyright of the thesis, dissertation or project report. I also retain the right to use in future works (such as articles or books) all or part of this thesis, dissertation, or project report.en_US
dc.subjectSelf-Perceptionen_US
dc.subjectAthletic Apparelen_US
dc.subjectUniformsen_US
dc.subjectStudent-Athletesen_US
dc.subjectSelf-Esteemen_US
dc.titleThe Uniform Effect: Collegiate Student-Athletes' Experiences with Competition Athletic Apparel and Self Perceptionen_US
dc.typeDissertationen_US
dc.contributor.departmentCurriculum and Instructionen_US
dc.description.degreePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.namePh. D.en_US
thesis.degree.leveldoctoralen_US
thesis.degree.grantorVirginia Polytechnic Institute and State Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeechairStratton, Richard K.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberBennett, Gary T.en_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSkinner, Ned T.en_US
dc.type.dcmitypeTexten_US
dc.identifier.sourceurlhttp://theses.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-10262011-105039/en_US
dc.date.sdate2011-10-26en_US


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