Examining social identity components of Japanese student-athletes

Goichi Hagiwara, Hirohisa Isogai, Takehiro Iwatsuki

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Maintaining an appropriate balance between athletics and academic is integral for the success of student-athletes. The purpose of this study was to examine social identity components in Japanese collegiate student-athletes by investigating the relationship between academic-athletic identification and student-athletes’ identity. Participants were 467 Japanese elite collegiate student-athletes (287 males, 180 females; M age = 19.57, SD = 1.11). The Japanese version of the Academic Athletic Identity Scale (AAIS-J) was adopted to assess the components of student-athletes’ identity. The Baller Identity Measurement Scale for student-athletes (BIMS) was translated into Japanese using the back-translation method to assess student-athletes’ identity. The results of this study indicated that athletic identity strongly affected the formation of student-athletes’ identity; however, academic identity did not affect the formation of student-athletes’ identity. In conclusion, student-athletes have a strong awareness of their athletic activities but a lower consciousness of their academic work. Assuming that the students' main responsibility is academics, it is important to reconsider the current way of collegiate sports in Japan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number420
Pages (from-to)3095-3101
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Physical Education and Sport
StatePublished - Nov 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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