International student-athlete transition into collegiate sport in the United States

Melissa Streno, Artur Poczwardowski, Courtney Welton-Mitchell, Eric Moody
2019 Health Psychology Report  
Researchers have explored international student-athletes' (ISA) transitions within the NCAA, often focusing on physical and psychological difficulties, barriers, coping, and influences on performance. The transition into US collegiate sport for ISA not only includes the typical obstacles associated with adapting to college, such as navigating socialization opportunities, experiences of homesickness, or interpreting differences in academic structure, but also those related to joining a new
more » ... joining a new system within sport in an unfamiliar cultural setting. However, most of the published work has focused on barriers and problems. Investigations of positive elements in athlete career transition have been limited, yet are an important element in understanding how to support ISA. participants and procedure The current exploratory qualitative study examined the perceptions of the types of resources, training, and positive interventions reported to be most helpful for interna-tional student-athletes transitioning into collegiate sport in the United States. Five NCAA Division I athletes (three females and two males, from 4 different countries) and two NCAA Division I male coaches participated in individual in-depth interviews. results The central themes that emerged focused on: supportive resources, coping processes, adjustment to team, and adjustment to culture. conclusions These results have implications for understanding effective responses to the obstacles that arise for ISA, as well as purposeful implementation of strategies to help athletes adjust during what is typically a challenging transition period. International student-athlete transition 39 volume 8(1), 
doi:10.5114/hpr.2019.90383 fatcat:zdodhv5xrbhkxcjurx52rj3q3u