2022 年 32 巻 1 号 p. 1_51-1_62
Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease has become a global pandemic, causing various activities to be restricted in Japan. Thus, we investigated university swimmers’ perceptions of the COVID-19 restrictions and how they thought these impacted their sport, along with an exploratory identification of their psychological states. We asked 108 university swimmers (men 74 and women 34; mean age 19.82, ［SD 1.17］ years) to describe their psychological states during the pandemic. Data analysis involved collection of descriptions and quantitative context analysis or text mining using the KJ method with KH coder software. Following analysis, six categories emerged: “infection prevention and control,” “gratitude,” “preparing for the restart,” “uncertainly about the future,” “physical decline,” and “psychological decline.” In addition, results of the qualitative analysis confirmed the relationship between the words “swimming” and “feeling,” “feeling” and “can swim.” These results suggest that university swimmers consider their sport and themselves during periods of inactivity and that it will be useful for the sporting community to research the psychological states of university swimmers during the global pandemic.