Athlete Identity, Career Exploration and Engagement, and Perceived Team Motivational Climate

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Human Performance Track

Date of Award

Summer 2017


There are over 480,000 individuals who compete under the governing of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) but only a few of these student athletes continue to compete after college. The aim of this study was to assess whether there is an association between athlete identity and team motivational climate on career exploration and engagement among current student athletes. Student athletes (N = 44) from various National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II institutions in the Southwest of the United States participated in the study, consisting of demographic questions, the Athletic Identity Measurement Scale (AIMS), the Occupational Engagement Scale-Student questionnaire, and the Perceived Motivational Climate in Sport Questionnaire (PMCSQ). Means and standard deviations on each scale were reported and the data were tested for normality. Spearman correlation analysis was used to assess the relationship between athlete identity, team motivational climate, and career exploration and engagement. A MANOVA was run and found gender to show significance towards the variables. Results suggest there are associations between athletic identity, perceived team motivational climate, and career exploration and engagement, providing direction for the examination of several areas in future research.


Steve Prewitt

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Social and Behavioral Sciences | Sports Sciences