The effect of Co-curricular on students (sport): Research project update

After much deliberation and conversing with a variety of people, I decided to refine my topic by focussing on sport and the role it plays in the learning of students studying at university level. I have decided to focus on people aged between 18-25 to measure and gain an understanding of how sport can be used as a coping method for stress or alternatively how it can be a source of stress or distraction for students.

By researching a number of academically written sources on the effects that sport can have on mental health, it is possible to draw parallels on how this is applicable to university studies for young students. It is imperative to find a healthy balance of physical activity to retain a healthy body which in turn promotes a healthy mind. This notion has influenced the primary research I intend to gather as well as understanding the line of questioning that will be most effective. In summation, I intend to ask respondents what influence sport and physical activity (if any) has on their ability to study.

Through conducting primary research in the form of verbal interaction and noting the response from respondents, I will be able to analyse the data given in order to determine a clear response in relation to my focus question. Based on the background research I have already conducted, I am expecting the majority of the respondents to say that sport has a positive impact on their education as it provides a necessary balance for work and leisure. Despite this, my background research also indicates that there is evidence to suggest overtraining and specified commitments can be a source of unnecessary stress in the lives of university students, which ultimately hinders educational performance. It is important for me to be considerate of these factors when it comes to employing my survey questions.


About alexdebs

Second year Bachelor of Communications and Media studies student at the University of Wollongong. I am an aspiring journalist with a passion for sport, music and travel.
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