The NCAA recently released the results of a survey regarding time demands placed on Division I student-athletes. Nearly 50,000 surveys were received, with the vast majority – over 44,000 or 89 percent – being from Division I athletes. The rest of the surveys were completed by Division I coaches and athletic administrators.
A few of the key findings from the survey include:
- Student-athletes and athletic administrators (but not necessarily coaches!) strongly favored a period of no activity for a limited period of time following the conclusion of a sports season (the length of time varied in the survey).
- Requiring a minimum of eight hours overnight between athletically-related activities. For example, if a late-night televised contest went into overtime or extra innings and concluded after midnight, athletes could not be required to attend an early morning strength training session the next day.
- Student-athletes should be allowed to have a period of time outside of the playing season in their sport in which they can participate in educational or career development opportunities, such as a study abroad trip or an internship. Most agreed that this opportunity should be limited to a two-to-four week period when it is proposed for a vote.
For more information about this survey, click on this link to the NCAA website: