A Phenomenological Study of the Perceptions and Experiences of Mexican-Americans Participating in Collegiate Football

By Rafael E. Romo.

Published by The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society

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The purpose of this phenomenological study was to examine which cultural attitudes, behaviors and traits had an impact on eight athletes Mexican-American football athletes that participated in this study. Unstructured in-depth phenomenological interviews with the student-athletes were conducted. The interview questions were directed at the participant’s experiences, feelings, beliefs, and convictions about the themes in question. In the process of developing the research design, phenomenology was determined to be the appropriate design for understanding cultural characteristics of Mexican-American collegiate football players from their own point of view. The research approach of Moustakas, including his emphasis on the personal connection to family values, educational opportunities, athletics, and cultural characteristics were used. The findings of this study provided rich descriptive data about their lived experiences as a Mexican-American collegiate football player. Overall, the participants in this study had both positive and negative perceptions toward their lived experiences.

Keywords: Success, Perception, Learning, Belief, Attitude

The International Journal of Health, Wellness and Society, Volume 1, Issue 3, pp.177-192. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 760.264KB).

Dr. Rafael E. Romo

Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Preparation (Fitness & Sports Department), College of Education, Texas A&M International University, Laredo, TX, USA

Rafael Romo has a strong background in physical education, health, and sports. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from St. Mary’s University, a Master of Science in Education Degree with a major in Educational Administration from Texas A&M International University, and a Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from Capella University. Romo worked in the public school setting for 10 years before transferring to TAMIU in 1999. He began as an Instructor of Fitness & Sports, and now serves as an Assistant Professor in the College of Education and Director of Fitness & Sports. He is interested in the mental preparation of Hispanics towards athletic competition and how this helps them further their future in athletic competition at the collegiate and/or professional level.