STRATEGIES FOR A SUCCESSFUL PARTICIPATION AND ENHANCED
PERFORMANCE IN COLLEGIATE SPORTS – A WAY OF MANAGING
SPORTS IN TERTIARY INSTITUTIONS
E. O. YELLOWE
G. U. A. EKPO, Ph.D.
Department of Human Kinetics, Health and Safety Education
Rivers State College of Education,
Port Harcourt, Nigeria.
This paper examines strategies for a successful participation and enhanced performance
in collegiate sports – a way of managing sports in tertiary institutions. The writers
discuss the concept of sport, success as in NICEGA and give incidences of strategies for
successful performance of athletes in sports. This paper identifies ten predictors of
enhancing athletes’ performance in intercollegiate sport. It also discusses how to manage
the success from the sports competition. The writers believe that if the recommendations
made are seriously adhered to, then athletes’ performance would be better improved.
Sport as a social agent brings people of different sexes, ages, cultures and religious
settings together as participating athletes and spectators alike, to make use of their free
time to entertain themselves; and being an instrument of promoting unity, understanding
and fostering peace among tertiary institutions. In support of this, Samarach (1996) in
Babalola and Oyeniyi (2003) opines that sport is education, sport is life and sport brings
people together. Ogunmola (2002) opines that sport is a powerful force in uniting racial,
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tribal or social divisions within a community of a nation, and a unique factor that brings
people together in a meaningful way.
The development of sport in Nigeria through Nigerian Colleges of Education
Games (NICEGA) is no longer news; though it still serves as a medium of promoting
sports in the various participating Colleges of Education - a forum for selecting athletes
for state, national a