Stress is the physiological and/or psychological response experienced by an individual when challenged or threatened (Lazarus 1976; Lazarus & Folkman, 1984). College student-athletes encounter more stress than the average college student (Wilson & Pritchard, 2005). Much is known about the stress experience in the competition season, but less is known about stress experienced in the off-season. Off-season stresses may affect athletic and academic performance, relationships, and well-being of the athlete for the upcoming season. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to explore stressors college student-athletes experience during the off-season and how they differ from those experienced during the competition season.
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