Does Prayer Before An Athletic Competition Affect The Overall Performance Of The Athlete?

2065 Words Jul 2nd, 2015 9 Pages
Question: Does prayer before an athletic competition affect the overall performance of the athlete?

Introduction
In today’s society prayer has been a pivotal part of many athletes’ lives. The rituals before a competition can often make or break a quality performance for that athlete. While interning with Fordham University Athletics, I had the opportunity to interact with an array of athletes. Watching these different athletes participate in their pre-game rituals has sparked my interest in this research topic. Does prayer before an athletic competition affect the overall performance of the athlete? In this study, I attempt to investigate the relationship between religion and prayer and an athletic competitor. Does prayer result in an affective athlete?
The internship with Fordham Athletics is very fascinating. I had no idea what is required to run the day to day operations of a sports department, let alone major sporting events. Working side by side with Jessica Powers has been very beneficial. I am currently gaining knowledge of how these operations work. Surrounded by so many athletes in the athletic department has influenced me to ask the particular thesis question stated above.
Literature Review
There have been countless articles written in newspapers and magazines on the topic of religion in sports. These articles usually include one-sided arguments or opinions of just that writer. Questions like: did that football player give too much thanks to God for that…
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