IMPACT OF SPORTS PARTICIPATION UPON SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE OF COLLEGE PLAYERS
Socialization is the process by which an individual learns a variety of social trends, beliefs, and habits through schooling and training. Sports play a positive role in the life of young students
Objectives: The present study aimed to identify the role and effect of sports participation of different domains of social intelligence of college level players.
This study employed cross-sectional research design, in which college level male players of 16-18 years of age participated. Data was collected from different colleges of Lahore, Pakistan. Simple random sampling technique was used. Sports participation level and the dependent variables for this study were measured by using a social intelligence scale. The relationship between sports participation and social intelligence. Pearson Correlation Coefficients was used to measure the relationship between these two variables. The Paired Samples T-Test was utilized to report the differences in the level of sports participation and subscales of social intelligence ANOVA was used to measure the impact of sports participation on social intelligence.
The mean age of the players was calculated as 16.66 ± 0.65. There were 50.50% 11th grade students and 49.50 12th grade students. Mean score of 11th grade students on sports participation was 86.7. A significant difference was found between sports participation and all three subscales of social intelligence social information (p=0.000<0.05), social awareness (p=0.000<0.05) and social skills (p=0.000<0.05). A significant association was existed between sports participation and social intelligence. Moreover, there was a significant impact of sports participation on social intelligence (p=0.000<0.05). There was a significant impact of different domains of social intelligence (Social Awareness, Social Processing, and Social Skills) on sports participation. Whereas, different domains of social intelligence differently affected individual and team sports
Though a significant effect of sports participation is evident on social intelligence, the participants of individual and team sports showed different effects on social intelligence.