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Relationships among Student-Athletes’ Identity, Mental Health, and Social Support in Japanese Student-Athletes during the COVID-19 Pandemic †

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Department of Human Science, Kyushu Sangyo University, 2-3-1 Matsukadai, Higasgi-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka 813-8503, Japan
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Department of Human & Engineered Environmental Studies, Graduate School of Frontier Science, The University of Tokyo 5-1-5 Kashiwanoha, Kashiwa, Chiba 277-8561, Japan
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Department of Health and Sport Science, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki 305-8574, Japan
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Department of Kinesiology, The Pennsylvania State University, Altoona College, 3000 Ivyside Park, Altoona, PA 16601, USA
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Department of Sports and Health Science, Fukuoka University, 8-19-1 Nanakuma, Jonan-ku, Fukuoka-shi, Fukuoka 814-0180, Japan
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Department of Sports Science, Kyushu Kyoritsu University, 1-8, Jiyugaoka, Yahatanishi-ku, Kitakyushu-shi, Fukuoka 807-8585, Japan
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This paper is an extended version of our conference paper published in Proceedings of the 3rd International Electronic Conference on Environmental Research and Public Health—Public Health Issues in the Context of the COVID-19 Pandemic: online, 11–25 January 2021.
Academic Editor: Michael R. Esco
Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18(13), 7032; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18137032
Received: 30 April 2021 / Revised: 16 June 2021 / Accepted: 25 June 2021 / Published: 30 June 2021
The purpose of the two studies was to investigate the relationships among student athletes’ identity and mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, this study aimed to clarify the relationship between perceived social support from teammates and mental health in student-athletes. Two studies were conducted to investigate and clarify the mental health states of student-athletes in Japan during the COVID-19 pandemic. In Study 1, conducted in April 2020, the participants were 402 male student-athletes and we examined the relationships among student-athletes’ identity and mental health. The results of correlational analyses indicated significant negative correlations between the degree of student-athletes’ identity and depression and sports helplessness. In Study 2, conducted in March 2021, the participants were 135 male student-athletes and examined the relationship between perceived social support from teammates, student-athletes’ identity, and mental health. The results indicated a significant correlation between social support, student athletes’ identity, and mental health. View Full-Text
Keywords: athletic program; collegiate sports; UNIVAS; COVID-19; mental management athletic program; collegiate sports; UNIVAS; COVID-19; mental management
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Hagiwara, G.; Tsunokawa, T.; Iwatsuki, T.; Shimozono, H.; Kawazura, T. Relationships among Student-Athletes’ Identity, Mental Health, and Social Support in Japanese Student-Athletes during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2021, 18, 7032. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18137032

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Hagiwara G, Tsunokawa T, Iwatsuki T, Shimozono H, Kawazura T. Relationships among Student-Athletes’ Identity, Mental Health, and Social Support in Japanese Student-Athletes during the COVID-19 Pandemic. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(13):7032. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18137032

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Hagiwara, Goichi, Takaaki Tsunokawa, Takehiro Iwatsuki, Hironobu Shimozono, and Tsuyoshi Kawazura. 2021. "Relationships among Student-Athletes’ Identity, Mental Health, and Social Support in Japanese Student-Athletes during the COVID-19 Pandemic" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18, no. 13: 7032. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph18137032

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