Research Post #5

DeShazo, K. (2014, March 14). Social Media Education For College Athletes – Is it working?. RSS. Retrieved June 6, 2014, from

I chose to stay with the same theme as my first blog post from this week, social media education for college athletes. I had no idea that there was a specific association for communication and sport but it is probably very beneficial and useful. Just like in the other article there were a few questions athletes were asked to answer and I think it is good athletes need to put thought towards what they are putting out into social networks. Sometimes I do not think about it but this article makes a good point that athletes are told what no to do on social media and they are told to be not stupid and not to post anything they wouldn’t show their grandmother.

The two professors Sanderson and Browning use a compliance approach that tends to tell athletes what not to do and when student-athletes receive the social media training there are three categories Sanderson and Browning found: compliance-driven, admonition and ambiguity.  Athletes can stay away from posting something they would not show their grandma but it does not mean that they are providing themselves with a positive image and adding value to their name. Coaches can warn their athletes all they want but at the end of the day the athletes make the decisions what to post on their Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, and anything else they might use. I know from being a student-athlete we are given presentations every year after we make the team and the biggest part of the presentation is social media. Synchronized Skating does not have scholarships so we don’t have to worry about losing those but we have a responsibility to Miami University, our coaches, our teammates, and ourselves to shed positive light on the program and our character. I sadly have known other athletes who have posted inappropriate pictures on Facebook and Twitter and have not been able to play or have been kicked off of their team, lost their scholarship, and have been kicked out of their University. 

I think it would be beneficial to inform coaches and administrators how to define what “stupid” and “inappropriate” actually mean because like it says in the article athletes perceive what stupid and inappropriate mean differently. Inappropriate and stupid need to be clarified because if not there could possibly be more athletes in trouble if they are not educated correctly.

Fieldhouse Media seems to be a very useful tool and I am going to share this with other athletes because all of Miami athletes receive the same PowerPoint presentations and hear the same thing over and over again year after year. It will be useful to share with other athletes to think positively about social media because there is too much negativity online as it is. 


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