Abstract: as important as their physical one. Although, stress

Abstract: The purpose of this study is to verify if student athletes experience greater stress than traditional students. This is done through an experiment based off information of both athletes and non-athletes regarding their daily life. This later shows that both athletes and traditional students have an equal amount of stress, therefore proving the hypothesis as false. Introduction: The term “student-athlete” came to be when Ray Dennison’s wife filed for workers death compensation after Dennison died from a head injury as he was playing football for Fort Lewis College. In 1964, Walter Byers, Executive Director of the NCAA, exempt Universities and Colleges from paying any workers compensation to its students playing sports. Regarding competitive sports, an athlete’s mental capability is just as important as their physical one. Although, stress is a major factor for building these mental capabilities on student athletes. Scientists have studied how being a student athlete impacts their health, more importantly the stress brought along with upholding that title, “… collegiate athletes are known to encounter unique stressors that the general population doesn’t have to deal with, such as time demands, relationships with coaches, and missed scheduled classes etc.” (NCAA) This paper is investigating if student athletes have a greater amount of extra-curricular activities than traditional students, they will have a greater amount of stress. It’s purpose is proving that student athletes are greater affected. Research done by other scientists relates to the investigation of this paper, by including multiple situations that chosen athletes and traditional students are placed in, and which will then determine how they each impact one’s stress level.  Method: In the study from the Online Journal Of Sports Psychology, is investigating stress between student athletes and traditional students. The study uses a wide variety of variables and controls. The participants are gathered from a Division 1 university after completing their first semester of college. Participants are both male and female and also volunteered to be a part of this study. Age ranges are from 17 to 34 and are group as “athletes” and “non-athletes”. Next, the participant groups are put into 57 different scenarios that take part before, during, and after a college day. After, each participant was asked to rate each situation from a scale of 1 to 4, with 1 being not a part of their life to 4 being a part of it. The researchers then compared the data from both groups to see which events and the number of events affect which group the most. Results: The study examines the different stress levels both athletes and student athletes have in comparison to each other. The results of this study showed that, “… more than 40 percent of male athletes and well over half for the female athletes, factors related to ‘time’ were the most serious causes of stress. Most of the respondents in this study felt that there was simply not enough time to combine academics and athletics and to do their best in both areas” (Humphrey 2000) Despite this, there are factors that are more prevalent in each group causing an equal balance, “We found that athletes differed in a variety of ways from their non-athlete counterparts. For example, student athletes reported more stress than did non-athletes in a wide variety of variables; specifically those that dealt with conflicts with a boyfriend’s or girlfriend’s family, to having a lot of responsibilities, not getting enough time for sleep, and having heavy demands from extracurricular activities. On the other hand, non-athletes reported more stress than their athlete counterparts in areas such as financial burdens, making important decisions about their education, getting ripped off (paying too much for services), social conflicts over smoking with a roommate or friend, difficulties with transportation, social isolation, being ignored, being dissatisfied with their physical appearance. The test results determine that the two subjects switch off when it comes to stress. Athletes experience this when it comes to relationships, responsibility, sleep, and demands from extracurricular activities. On the other hand, transitional students experience stress from financial burdens, academics, social isolation, and unliking of physique.Conclusion: Based on the research, greater stress in athletes than non-athletes is still inconclusive. Evidence shows that there isn’t a fixed amount of evidence the indicates that athletes are more stressed than traditional students, but shows that both experience stress in their own way. In conclusion the hypothesis is left unconfirmed.