There exists a gap in the literature on whether students perceive their coaches as parent figures or not and what would be the factors that influence such perceptions. The lack of such literature from past studies and related academic materials shows the necessity to have a structured study into the theme in order to shape future studies and understanding of the theme. This study is therefore aimed at establishing a qualitative justification through research study on whether the athletic students in colleges perceive their coaches as parents or not.With the increase in abuse and harassment especially of women athletic student in college by mal coaches sexually, a common shift in perception and attitudes in the interactions points towards a deteriorating relationship (Swift, 2013). It is often assumed that a coach would offer tutorial services well and have the main goal of building in his/her professional career while at the same time shaping the athletic career of the student. However, this has not been always the case as selfish interest has been frequently seen to override the interest of the majority as seen with the push for unnecessary pay rises, focus on personal glory as against building on the talent as well as the most obvious sexual favors from such students. Do Student-Athletes in College Look At Their Coaches As Parent Figure.
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