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The Covid-19 pandemic has affected people in many different ways. With the shutdown of the entire country, many people lost their jobs, people became infected with the virus, major events were cancelled, and sports were shut down. In specific, collegiate athletics were cancelled indefinitely. Student-athletes across the country lost their sports’ seasons. Being an athlete is a role that students tie to their identity, and with the loss of their seasons, student-athletes faced athletic identity loss. Through 6 interviews with Johnson & Wales student-athletes, this study aims to investigate how the cancellation of sports’ seasons due to Covid-19 affected the athletic identity of collegiate athletes. This thesis suggests that athletic identity plays a significant role in collegiate student-athletes’ well-being, and the loss of athletic identity can lead to negative effects on mental health.



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