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September 24, 2012
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By NASFC Staff

Native ALL-Star Atheletes have been invited to participate in a research study on Native American participation in youth sport based on his or her membership in the Native Re-vision program. Participation in this study is completely voluntary. A link to the survey is included below which includes a parental consent form (required for participation). After a completed the online consent form is submitted, athletes will have an assent button to click to proceed with the study. Once the athlete is online, please give them some privacy to take the survey on their own. By completing the survey, athletes will be contributing to an extensive study being conducted for the dissertation of Ananka Allen, a doctoral student at Texas Woman’s University in Denton, TX.

Please complete the survey by Saturday, September 29, 2012

Survey link:  https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=150382


Coaches are encouraged to participate in interviews and can do so by via this consent form link:  https://www.psychdata.com/s.asp?SID=150390

The abstract of this study is as follows:

The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of cultural influences on Native American youth participation in sport. More specifically, this research will use both qualitative and quantitative methods to examine the sport participation levels of Native Americans classified by tribal affiliation, age, gender, their cultural expectations and beliefs concerning sport, and their levels awareness of the health-related benefits of sport. The research questions guiding this study are

1.      What are the current participation levels of Native Americans in youth sport?

2.      What is the difference in the sport participation levels of Native Americans based on age, gender and tribe?

3.      What will be the perceived benefits of increased sport participation on health and emotional issues in Native American youth from the athletes’ and coaches’ perspectives?

4.      What are the cultural influences on Native American youths’ sport participation choices?

5.      From the Native American coaches' perspectives, what were their experiences that led to their participation in sport?

Please feel free to contact the principal investigator at aallen6@mail.twu.edu<mailto:aallen6@mail.twu.edu> with any questions. As with any online transaction, there is a potential risk of loss of confidentiality in all email, downloading, and internet transactions. Confidentiality will be protected to the extent that is allowed by law.  The survey link will be emailed to you, but you may remain anonymous during and after completion of the survey.  You may stop the survey at any time without penalty. The results of the study will be reported in scientific magazines or journals but your name or any other identifying information will not be included.

Ananka Allen
Doctoral Degree Candidate, Kinesiology
Texas Woman’s University
(Edited by FTG Media for publication purposes)

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