Discussion Questions Complete the following discussion questions which are based on concepts and principles from the assigned readings for this module. Your facilitator will guide you in the selection of two of the four discussion questions. Submit your responses to both questions to the Discussion Area by the due date assigned. Through the end of the module, comment on the responses of others. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between one or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. You will be assigned two discussion questions in this module; each is worth 32 points. The total number of points you can earn for this assignment is 64. Discussion Question 1 Chronic Fatigue Syndrome How might an athlete overcompensate for or hide the presence of chronic fatigue syndrome? How could you best assess and intervene if you were the consulting sport psychologist? Evaluation Criteria for Discussion Question Response: Identified at least three ways that athletes cover up problems with chronic fatigue. [8 points] Explained what is needed to assess and intervene with an athlete trying to hide this problem. [8 points] Discussion Question 2 Stress and Coping Style The impact of stress on a person’s psychological and physical functioning can be pronounced. How do you think stress would manifest across various body systems? What are some essential components of a plan for monitoring your client’s coping ability, including your methods for differentiating between positive coping and self-destructive coping mechanisms? Evaluation Criteria for Discussion Question Response: Identified and explained the physical symptoms of stress across various body parts. [8 points] Accurately identified assessment of athletes’ coping mechanisms. [8 points] Discussion Question 3 Body Dysmorphic Disorder How does an intense focus on body image, weight, and/or controlling food intake among athletes in certain sports impact males and females differently and relate to the prevalence rates of body dysmorphic disorder symptoms? Evaluation Criteria for Discussion Question Response: Identified problems such as anorexia, bulimia, and body dysmorphic disorder. [8 points] Explained how this impacts male and female athletes differently. [8 points] Discussion Question 4 Gender Identity Consider the definitions of masculinity and femininity. What are your opinions concerning the gender stereotypes found among athletes? Are athletes with stereotypically masculine or feminine identities more or less psychologically healthy than those athletes who are more androgynous? Evaluation Criteria for Discussion Question Response: Made a comparative analysis of the psychological health among athletes with stereotypically masculine or feminine identities and athletes who are more androgynous. [16 points] All written assignments and responses should follow APA rules for attributing sources. Assignment 1 Grading Criteria Maximum Points Discussion Question Response: Please see specific evaluation criteria listed below each discussion question. 16×2 Discussion Participation: Participated in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging a point of discussion, or making a relationship between one or more points of the discussion. 8×2 While responding, justified ideas and responses by using appropriate examples and references from texts, Web sites, and other references or personal experience. 4×2 Wrote in a clear, concise, and organized manner; demonstrated ethical scholarship in accurate representation and attribution of sources, displayed accurate spelling, grammar, and punctuation. 4×2 Total: 64
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