Tytuł: Attitudes of physical education students towards masters athletes
- Krzysztof Kusy, Agnieszka Staniewska, Jacek Zieliński
- Studies in Physical Culture and Tourism
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- masters athletes, students, physical education, attitudes
Introduction. The percentage of older people in our societies is on the rise. The present paper
addresses the problem of young people's attitudes towards senior citizens in the context of physical
Aim of Study. Older people practising competitive sports have never been the subject to students'
opinion. The paper attempts to examine the attitudes of female and male students of physical education,
who intend to work professionally in physical education and sport, towards competitive masters
track and field athletes.
Material and Methods. The respondents were 174 third-year undergraduate physical education students
(100 males and 74 females). The students' age was from 20 to 23 years (21.6 ± 1.0 years). The
participants filled in a questionnaire whose main part consisted of seven statements describing attitudes
toward masters athletes and their performance.
Results. We observed, in general, positive attitudes of physical education students towards masters
track and field athletes. This finding is contrary to the results of most studies on students of other
majors, where rather negative attitudes were reported. The attitudes of female students were more
positive than those of male students, which was consistent with results of research on gender differences
in the context of ageing beliefs. Surprisingly, the personal contact with masters weakened the
positive attitude in male students.
Conclusions. The results of the study show that the domain of sport may be less susceptible to the
phenomenon of ageism and intolerance towards older people. Sport could be considered an effective
tool of propagating positive attitudes towards older people. Physical education students seem to
be mentally ready to take on the future challenge of working with the elderly, however, the problem
still requires further research.