Honors Theses and Capstones

Date of Award

Fall 2018

Project Type

Senior Honors Thesis

College or School



Recreation Management and Policy

Program or Major

Program and Event Management

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

First Advisor

Nate Trauntvein


This study explores athletic identity among men’s, women’s and sled hockey athletes and whether or not there is significant differences between the groups. An exploratory study was done that consisted of a quantitative survey that utilized the Athletic Identity Measurement Scale, better known as the AIMS, in order to look in to the three types of athlete’s identity (Brewer, Van Raalte, & Linder, 1993). A snowball sample was used to garner participants from men’s, women’s and sled hockey teams from a moderately sized New England College, for the survey. There were 7 responses from each team, a total of 21 athletes participating. The aforementioned AIMS, was used to determine if there was significant difference with how the three types of athletes identified. The researchers found that there was significant difference in three areas: 1) athlete has many goals related to hockey 2) others seeing them as an athlete, and 3) the importance of others seeing them as an athlete. There was near significance in the AIMS Sum.