Job Responsibilities and Backgrounds of NCAA Division I Athletic Advisors and Counselors

in The Sport Psychologist
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A national survey of the job responsibilities and educational backgrounds of athletic advisors and counselors representing NCAA Division I institutions was conducted. Of the 274 counselors contacted, 134 returned completed questionnaires, representing a 49% return rate. Results of the survey indicated that the majority of advisors and counselors were male, held a master’s degree, and were former athletes in revenue-producing sports. They were employed primarily by athletic departments and provided counseling services, for the most part, to male college athletes involved in revenue-producing sports. Counseling services for college athletes focused primarily on academic matters, with considerably less attention devoted to personal-social or vocational counseling. The implications of these findings toward the provision of future counseling services for college athletes are discussed.

Dana Brooks is Acting Assistant Dean of the School of Physical Education, West Virginia University, 235 Coliseum, Morgantown, WV 26506. Edward Etzel is Lecturer and Andrew Ostrow is Professor and Graduate Coordinator in the Department of Sport and Exercise Studies at West Virginia University.

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