Career Assistance Program for Dual Career Athletics Discussion

Prepare a 2,000-word (not including title page or references) academic paper in APA format that presents evidence for and application strategies around creating a program in the setting of your choice that addresses the athlete or the exercise participant as a whole person. It is your chance to build a team and culture from scratch. How would you do that, and what strategies would you employ? Introduction This portfolio work project will allow you to present your findings academically and showcase your ability to design and implement a strategy that will benefit individuals and, hopefully, society in general. Scenario You are a coach, exercise, or health practitioner looking to build a program that will change lives. You could be a small business owner, a personal trainer, a little league coach, or coach in the professional ranks. Regardless, you want to build something unique that will improve people’s lives. Your Role In your role at the organization of your choice, you have been charged with understanding why so many athletes are burning out and disengaged within their sport. You may also see that certain team and organizational cultures do not have a winning attitude, or that there is little connection to those on the team. It could also be that you see low adherence to exercise in general and are looking to make a difference. You must develop a culture, a protocol, a resource, or training that will lead to a genuine change in how individuals feel about their athletic careers and their longterm success as people and exercisers. Remember, there are many variations of how people define success, but for this exercise, we are looking to build something that will make better individuals, teams, and ultimately, a better society. Requirements Use information from the material presented in this class, the Foothill College library, any additional credible resources like journal articles, university studies, non-profit organizations, and government resources to create an analysis and program design that includes the following: • Set the stage for your project at the societal level. Explain the macro or broader perspective of your journey and the issues within the community you serve. In other words, what is the background of your population as it relates to this objective? Where is your group today versus generations prior regarding these principles? What is the setting for people today, and what are individuals up against at the societal level? What has been the emotional and personal cost been of this dynamic? How might society benefit from a program addressing these concerns within your community? Is it merely that certain costs would be avoided, or would this unleash new potentials for life and society? . For example, we have a major obesity pandemic in the United States. There are many reasons for this, and it has taken a toll on some demographics and income levels more than others. Why is this and why/how would a program that you are creating change people’s lives? . Another example: Football leaves a lot of young men left with great memories, a strong work ethic, and ability to be disciplined, etc., but also with a lot of injuries, unhealthy eating habits, and a lack of direction after their time in the sport is over (hint: I had all three of these). How might a coaches program be designed to not only win games, but also set up the next generation of coaches, business people, and parents to make their lives and those around them even better? • Bring your topic to the individual level. Explain the micro or personal perspective of your topic. How does this impact the individual? What ways can society help or hurt the individual concerning your topic? How do individuals today perceive themselves with these objectives? What are the potential struggles and limitations of individuals managing this process? What are the potential benefits to the individual if this objective was achieved? What is the long-term outlook for the individual concerning should a program like this work? • Detail the art and science behind what you would build? What are its sports psychology roots, and how does it impact an individual’s mind, psychology, and personality? What are some of the main physiological limiters? What does science suggest regarding achieving these goals for the individual? • Detail the proven techniques from the literature? Find a program that has implemented these findings or other strategies to impact people’s lives, attitudes, and behaviors. What have the challenges been for this program or group? What have the unforeseen impacts been of a program like this? No program is perfect, so what have the failures been? What further research needs to be done within these areas for your program to be maximized? • Explain the program you wish to develop, and how would it be unique to the population you hope to serve? For example, maybe there is a great program to model yours after for that has been developed in Texas, where there are different cultural and financial supports to something you would build in California. How might those challenges be dealt with? . Conclusion: end your paper with a compelling conclusion paragraph These requirements serve as a form of rubric in the sense that if you address in detail, with credible sources, these concepts, you will receive full points. If you do not, you will receive partial or no credit for that section of the paper. Deliverable Format This is an academic paper. It should not be written in the first person. • APA format should be utilized. Pay particular attention to: APA formatted title page, but this is not included in the total word count. (a running head and an abstract are not required) • Headings and subheadings should be utilized starting on page two. References should be in APA style, including undoing hyperlinks for web addresses. At least five sources should be cited. 12 point, Times New Roman, Double-Spacing required Word count (not including title page or references) is 2,000 at minimum. • Points will be removed for writing in the first person writing in anything other than APA format o not having the appropriate headings from the content listed above o missing the word count o not addressing the bulleted requirements above Grammatical errors and poor transitions • Primary sources (i.e., academic journal articles and university papers) should be very well represented in your references, but other sources like websites and books can be used to support primary sources (.gov and .org or generally more reputable sites). • will be utilized to review your paper for plagiarism and matches across the web. A certain amount of your paper will match other resources as you will likely cite or quote a resource. No more than 25% of a paper can match other work online, including your own previous work for other classes. In general, a highly scored paper with proper citations and quotations will have no more than 10% matches. A zero score will be given to papers with more than 50% match, and a 25%-50% matched paper will likely require a rewrite or reorganization to avoid receiving a zero. Resources to help you get started Creditable Sources Academic papers and peer-reviewed journal articles are the “gold standard,” but sometimes you need to venture beyond those works to get a current and more anecdotal account of phenomena
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