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College Student-Athletes: Challenges, Opportunities, and Policy Implications

Daniel B. Kissinger and Michael T. Miller

Information Age Publishing

College Student-Athletes examines a little-studied subpopulation of college students, student-athletes. Education professors Kissinger and Miller have assembled an eclectic group of scholars to explore the personal, academic and policy issues facing student-athletes. The volume aims to start a discussion about student-athletes “from the perspective of students first, athletes second” as well as to “introduce significant points to the conversation about the physical, mental and academic welfare of athletes.”

The editors note that, outside the athletic realm, there is limited awareness of the resiliency required of student-athletes to navigate all the normal developmental events that all students face in college as well as “the unique challenges inherent in the student-athlete experience.” Student-athletes balance competing responsibilities, among them athletic and academic obligations.

The range of essays reflects the array of challenges facing student-athletes. The volume concludes with a discussion of policy implications for college athletic enterprises.

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