The Multi-Support Approach to the top collegiate athletes

Ritsuko Imamura, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

Theme: Elite performance

Poster Number: 103

Program ID: POS-2

Presentation: October 4, 2013 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Room: Napoleon


The combination of sports mental supports, medicine, science and multimedia is the key of the supports for the athletes. This study has started the support program aiming to improve educational competitive ability for the top students’ athletes since 2008. This project was conducted for approximately 3 years (May, 2008 to March, 2011). Participants were total 504 Japanese students’ athletes, and they took seminars held by various lecturers from top sport field every month. The main contents of the seminars were coaching, mental, nutrition, and physical conditioning. After each seminar, participants evaluated their athletic accomplishment rate and practice satisfaction value for the last month by using Visual Analog Scale. The Sukemune-Hiew Resilience Test was regularly conducted and some participants were given the opportunity to overseas training. In the results of analyzing athletes’ evaluation, there was significant correlation between athletic accomplishment rate and practice satisfaction value. The result showed that practice satisfaction potentially raised accomplishment rate until same degree level. In the result of the S-H Resilience Test, there were significant differences between 1st and 3rd time (F (2,126) =4.71, p<.05). It indicated that participants became able to feel existence of their cooperators and supporters through this support program. In addition, this study categorized and analyzed monthly athletes’ impression for seminars. For the result of the analyzing, it found that athletes showed the alternative view and motivation for their future instead of having a particular concept by taking various filed sports seminars. Although the role of mental support is very important for supporting individual athletes, it does not work without other supports such as medical support. Therefore, the multi-support is necessary to improve athletic ability. This study expects the development of multi-support system program for top Japanese collegiate athletes.

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