Research Publications

Athan N Amasiatu


Dr. Athan N. Amasiatu             2013


Researchers especially in the area of sports psychology are evolving better ways toward helping athletes to enhance their performance. One of such areas of scientific research at seems to have gained ground among scholars is the mental imagery rehearsal. There is therefore every reason to explore how this psychological skill works in sports toward enhancing athletic performance. This paper is posed to answer the question of what mental imagery rehearsal is all about, as a psychological technique used by athletes to enhance their performance. It also proffers for the athletes a mental imagery rehearsal program that could be used as an effective tool to enhancing the athlete’s performance.


Keywords: Mental imagery rehearsal, Sport performance, skill development






Dr. Ifeanyichukwu C. Elendu                                          2012

 Dr. Athan N. Amasiatu




One of the media for the dissemination of sports information is internet. Latest sports information are provided, stored and could be retrieved from the internet through sports-related websites by sports producers and consumers including students. A descriptive cross-sectional survey design was employed to find out the utilization and constraints to the use of sports-related websites as source of sports information among Human Kinetics students, University of Port Harcourt, Rivers state, Nigeria. Data were collected from the participants (N=57) using structured questionnaire. Percentage and chi-square (χ ) were used for data analysis. Results showed that none (0.00%) of the students utilize football-related websites for football information; basketball-related websites for basketball information; cricket-related websites for cricket information; hockey-related websites for hockey information; volleyball-related websites for volleyball information, and general sports websites for information on all sports. It was also found that majority of the students indicated that alternative media sources such as radio, television, newspapers and magazines (100.00%); lack of knowledge of sports websites (93.48%); lack of internet surfing skill (58.70%); far distance of cyber cafe/internet facility (69.57%); too much academic load (89.13%), and lack of time (80.43%) are constraints to their utilization of sports-related websites as source of sports information. In addition, gender, age, and year of study had no significant influence on the students' utilization of sport-related websites for sports information. Again, gender, age and year of study had no significant influence on majority of the constraints to students' use of sports-related websites as source of sports information. It was recommended that lecturers should give students assignments on sports information regularly and encourage them to use sports-related websites; seminars should be organized for the students on sports-related websites, and students should be exposed to the sports-related websites in sports administration/management classes. Also an information communication technology (ICT) centre should be provided by the department, made free and accessible for students of the department with the sports-related websites publicly displayed on the notice-boards; sports-related websites should be integrated into the contents of computer education in Nigerian schools; mass media should assist in sensitizing the public on the sports-related websites, and the department should organize a free computer training programme for the students with emphasis on how to surf the internet and sports-related websites. 2

Keywords: Utilization, constraint, sports-related websites, sports information, Nigeria.



Evaluative Analyses of Leadership Styles and Staff Appraisals as Correlates of Job Satisfaction Among Sports Service Providers in the National Sports Federation of Nigeria

Olumide Olusoga Ezomoh, Athan N Amasiatu, J. B. Alla




Work is a means of livelihood, survival, sustenance, personal identity and self-actualization. Therefore, it is important that it is made more meaningful and satisfying. Sports participation is all over the world. When talking about sports, people think more about athletes and forget about the sports service providers who make frantic efforts to ensure that these activities take place. In the light of the above, the researchers considered it very imminent to attempt to find out if leadership styles and staff appraisal were correlates of job satisfaction among sports service providers in the National Sports Federation of Nigeria. Two research hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. Questionnaire was used for data collection. Cronbach alpha coefficient was used to determine the coefficient “r” which yielded .85. The descriptive statistics of percentages and inferential statistics of chi-square (X2), set at .05 alpha levels were used to test the hypotheses. The study revealed that leadership styles and staff appraisals were correlates of job satisfaction among the sports service providers in the National Sport Federation of Nigeria (NSFN). It was therefore, recommended that NSFN line managers should continue to be aware of/ responsive to staff needs and over-haul the promotional system of the establishment in a way that it will continue to be a morale booster to the personnel.




Nigeria, leadership styles, staff appraisals, job satisfaction, sports service providers, National Sports Federation



Cross-Cultural Expressions of Health Indices as Sports Values among Adolescents in Two Anglophone West African Countries: Ghana and Nigeria

Olumide Olusoga Ezomoh, Athan N Amasiatu




This study investigated adolescents’ expressions of health indices as sports values in two Anglophone West African countries (Ghana and Nigeria). Three research hypotheses were tested. The population consisted of all the male and female secondary school adolescents in Ghana and Nigeria. The study used the descriptive survey research design, multi-stage sampling techniqu e, structured questionnaire and a sample size of 2,000 participants (One thousand each from both countries) Parametric statistics of t-test was used to test the hypotheses at an alpha level of 0.05.For pre-test, Cronbach alpha coefficient was used, which gave a value of 0.87 and 0.86 and Sports Participation Scale gave (r=0.69 for Ghana) and (r=0.71 for Nigeria). The study revealed that there was no significant difference in expressions of all the indices tested; therapeutic, physical fitness and health security and safety maintenance. It was therefore, recommended that government at all levels should make sporting facilities available and accessible to adolescents by constructing new ones and rehabilitating old ones, parents should encourage their children and wards to participate in sports by providing assistance in form of monetary, equipment among others that will sustain their interest and facilitate their participation, sports administrators should be interested in the development of sports by finding means to promote it rather that working towards its downfall and should make sure that funds meant for sports programmes are not diverted to another programme or misappropriated and sporting environments should be made to appear friendly and attractive.




sports values; cross-cultural expressions; adolescents; West African countries


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