The forgotten ones: a qualitative study to understand the phenomena of medically disqualified student-athletes.
Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation
Educational Leadership, Evaluation and Organizational Development
Educational Leadership and Organizational Development, PhD
Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)
Forgotten ones; qualitative study; phenomena; student-athletes
The purpose of this phenomenological study was to gain a better understanding of the experiences of medically disqualified student-athletes (MDSA) at National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I institutions. This study is significant because few studies have examined MDSAs, yet they present concerns around career-ending injuries. Drawing on the Kübler-Ross Model of Death and Dying (1969) framework, this study examined if MDSAs have faced experiences in stage-like forms such as denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. This study called the attention of athletic administrators to examine and develop support resources for this often-overlooked student-athlete group. Over five chapters, this dissertation presents summarized literature, discussed assumptions, answered four research sub questions and a central research question, providing results through interpretive phenomenological analysis (IPA), and recommended best practices. Chapter 1 presents a brief overview of the study, the NCAA, medically disqualified student-athletes, and Kübler-Ross Model of Death and Dying. The history and context of student-athletes, injuries and social support are summarized in Chapter 2, along with a case for qualitative methodologies. IPA and study methodologies are discussed in detail in Chapter 3. Results are presented in Chapter 4 and explore the depth of each research sub question. Chapter 4 presents an understanding of athletic identity, need for social support, psychological reaction, and compare these reactions to Kübler- Ross Model of Death and Dying. Chapter 5 examines the central research question and how the sub questions play major roles in understanding MDSAs experience after sports. Using the themes, best practices are presented for administration to better support medically disqualified student-athletes.
Johnson, Regina Chanel, "The forgotten ones: a qualitative study to understand the phenomena of medically disqualified student-athletes." (2021). Electronic Theses and Dissertations. Paper 3783.