Exploring how first year university students are inducted into university sport.
Cardiff Metropolitan University
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Previous research has acknowledged the use of initiations within the military, sororities and fraternities, however, little research has been conducted within university sports teams. The study explored the process of being inducted into a university sports team and how it affected first year students. Through an interpretive paradigm due to the study focusing on assumptions and personal experiences the thoughts of five first year students were inspected by using semi-structured interviews. The interviews focused on the thoughts before initiation, the activities during and their feelings post event. The findings discovered key themes outlined within the interviews as habitus of initiations, the power negotiation through identities and the field is forever shifting. Emerging from the data appeared a clear power differentiation through key hierarchal positions within the team. Through the key themes it was suggested that even though the initiations were brutal it had a positive effect on the new players leading to improved team cohesion. Although the study uncovered some reasoning towards how inductions affect first year students, to further the research area exploring whether similar results are apparent in different sports would add to the suggestion that inductions increase cohesion. With this in mind exploring whether the effects last is another area which could determine how initiations affect first year students.
DEGREE OF BACHELOR OF SCIENCE (HONOURS) SPORT COACHING
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