2018 年 28 巻 1 号 p. 1_75-1_84
The aim of this research was to clarify what kind of support collegiate student athletes seek, and to identify what kind of person they recognize as a mentor. A qualitative questionnaire was administered to collegiate student athletes, in which text data on mentors and support seeking was collected and then classified by the KJ method. According to responses from 135 students, support for athletic sports activities was classed into categories such as “environment in training,” “environment outside training,” “money,” “having an understanding of them,” “free time,” “care for themselves,” “psychological counseling,” “family,” and so on. Support for daily life was categorized into “environment,” “money,” “having a support network,” “leisure,” “having an understanding of them,” “self-development,” “having family members,” and so on. One hundred and six athletes had mentors, whereas 24 did not. Attributes of mentors were categorized as “family,” “same-grade peers in the athletic club,” “friends outside of the athletic club,” “seniors in the athletic club,” “coaches who taught them in the past,” “coaches who currently teach them,” “former teachers,” “past team mates,” “understanding people,” “junior colleagues,” “graduates of college athletic club,” and so on. The results of this study suggest that in order for collegiate student athletes to lead a fulfilling life, it is necessary to create an environment of sport-life balance. It is important to consider mentoring related to the competition life, as well as the daily life of the collegiate student athlete and to identify a familiar person who may be suitable as a mentor.