After my meeting with Dr. Chambliss a few weeks ago, I decided I would put my curiosities to the test. In the hopes of learning more about throwers, and why post-collegiate throwers still compete, a colleague and I wrote an Internal Review Board (IRB) application through St. John Fisher College. Our IRB application is necessary if we plan on publishing the results of our qualitative study, which we plan on doing.
The scope of our research will be focused on interviewing 10-12 post-collegiate throwers. We have a series of questions we will be asking participants, 10 in total, in the hopes of learning more about why people who have graduated from college continue throwing at the post-collegiate level, with little to slim possibilities of qualifying for the Olympic Games or World Championships. A lot of work and research has been conducted on Olympic and World Championship participants in many different sports (track & field, rowing, tennis, weightlifting, etc.), however, my current literature review has yielded very little empirical studies conducted on non-world class/elite athletes, none in the throwing realm.
If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. We currently have five throwers that had stated their interest in participating. I will email you more information if interested.