University Athletes' Perspectives on The Development and Transfer of Life Skill Through Sport

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Dr. Tasleem Arif
Dr. Wasim Khan
Mrs. Samreen Abid


The present study was conducted to assess university sport's contribution to the growth of an important life skill (interpersonal communication skills). The application of these life skills to other aspects of life has also been taken into account. The cross-sectional survey was conducted on (n=335) student-athletes of Public and Private sector universities through stratified random sampling technique. As there was no standardized tool which could measure the proposed variables, therefore; a self-made close ended questionnaire was developed and used to gather the data. The questionnaire was accordingly validated through experts in the field and then made reliable with the help of Cronbach’s alpha method. The SPSS version 24 was used to analyze the collected data set. In total (61.8%) recognized the role sport plays in improving leadership skills, while (24.2%) and (32.8%) respectively opted the option of somewhat disagree and strongly disagree on the role that coach performed in developing and then transferring an interpersonal communication skill among athletes. The inferential statistics indicated that sport has a positive role in developing interpersonal communication skills (p< 0.05), and poor negative association between sport and the transition of these life skills to other domains of life (, r (335) = .341, while P < .005).  Given the significant role of sport in developing interpersonal communication skills, it is necessary to develop and promote sport participation among students. The transfer of life skills is suggested to be reinforced, with more emphasis on important domains of life.

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