CORRELATIONS BETWEEN A PERCEIVED KNOWLEDGE SURVEY AND KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT REGARDING FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE SPORT PERFORMANCE
X. Edson, J. Silveira, K. Pfaffenbach
Eastern Oregon University, La Grande, OR
Universities may not provide athletes and coaches with staff who provide services including performance testing, nutrition, mental health, conditioning, and recovery. Thus, athletes rely on personal understanding and coach input for areas of performance where their knowledge and application may be lacking. PURPOSE: To assess the potential need for additional staff who are focused on sport performance by comparing a self-perceived knowledge survey to a knowledge-based exam on non-game related factors in coaches and athletes at Eastern Oregon University (EOU). METHODS: Coaches (n=15) and athletes (n=103) at EOU participated in an online survey where they were asked to rate their confidence using a rating scale of 0-100 (0-Not Confident, 100-Very Confident) regarding 5 non-game related aspects of sports performance. Each subject then completed a 36-question exam on the 5 non-game related factors. Test questions consisted of Sports Nutrition (n=10), Sports Performance Testing (n=5) Strength and Conditioning (n=7), Recovery from Training (n=6), and Mental Health (n=8). Self perceived survey data and exam scores were averaged. The correlation between the self perceived survey scores and performance on the exams was calculated. RESULTS: The average rating of self-perceived knowledge for coaches was 75.6±5 and 74.8±3.4 for athletes. Coaches scored an average of 63%±17 on their knowledge exam, whereas athletes' average score was 58%±18.2. The correlations between topic exam scores and self-perceived knowledge were low. The relationship between self-perceived rating and area exam score were highest in both coaches and athletes for the nutrition section, with R=0.24 and R=0.28, respectively. Of note, the lowest correlations for both coaches and athletes were in the topic area of Mental Health (R=-0.32 coaches and R=0.00 athletes). CONCLUSION: These results suggest a need for increased resources and /or knowledge in areas of sports performance for coaches and athletes at EOU.
Edson, X; Silveira, J; and Pfaffenbach, K
"CORRELATIONS BETWEEN A PERCEIVED KNOWLEDGE SURVEY AND KNOWLEDGE ASSESSMENT REGARDING FACTORS THAT INFLUENCE SPORT PERFORMANCE,"
International Journal of Exercise Science: Conference Proceedings: Vol. 8:
11, Article 23.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.wku.edu/ijesab/vol8/iss11/23