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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Document Type

Master's Thesis




Kinesiology and Health Promotion

First Advisor

Dr. Ashley Samson

Second Advisor

Dr. Marc Cormier


Past research in sport sciences has focused primarily on “rest” from a physical perspective, while giving limited focus to the psychosocial perspective (Eccles & Riley, 2014; Eccles et al., 2022). One major development on psychosocial rest emerged with the pioneering model introduced by Eccles and Kazmier (2019); however, further research is needed to test this proposed model with other sport/performance populations. Therefore, this study aimed to assess the model's generalizability and investigate the perceived frequency of psychosocial rest by athletes throughout their season. To accomplish this, 67 female university athletes completed an online survey comprised of questions representative of the initial model of rest in athletes (Eccles & Kazmier, 2019), including items related to general agreeance with the model and frequency of rest in-season compared to off-season. Results provided strong support for the initial model, though further evidentiary support is needed for the resting experience ‘variety’. Results also provided strong evidence that athlete frequency of rest is significantly less in-season compared to off-season. The study insights and implications on rest help to expand the initial model and benefit several areas of research and practice including recovery, burnout syndrome prevention, stress management, elite performance, and motor learning.

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