Enhancing “Coopetition”: A Model for Physical Activity Courses


  • Dennis Cobler Emory & Henry College
  • Rebecca Buchanan Emory & Henry College
  • Beverly Sheddan Emory & Henry College
  • Joy Scruggs Emory & Henry College
  • Beth Funkhouser Emory & Henry College
  • Danny Carter Emory & Henry College




Pleasure and participation model, non-traditional, wellness, college students


This study explored the extent to which nontraditional physical activity courses and student experiences reflect a pleasure and participation sports model. The theoretical framework for this qualitative study was based on the pleasure and participation sports model (Coakley, 2017). Data via 20 observations and 20 interviews were gathered from participants enrolled in a small liberal arts college. Tenets of the pleasure and participation model were evident, along with a sense of coopetition. College student experiences of physical activity in courses is an important area of research that could lead to increased physical activity levels. It has been demonstrated that physical activity in young adulthood can have a health-promotion effect throughout life. This research indicates that a diverse range of physical activity courses can have short- and long-term positive effects on student wellness.

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Author Biographies

Dennis Cobler, Emory & Henry College

Associate Professor, Athletic Training Department

Rebecca Buchanan, Emory & Henry College

Associate Professor, Health & Human Performance Department

Beverly Sheddan, Emory & Henry College

Instructor, Health & Human Performance Department

Joy Scruggs, Emory & Henry College

Instructor, Health & Human Performance Department

Beth Funkhouser, Emory & Henry College

Instructor, Athletic Training Department

Danny Carter, Emory & Henry College

Teaching Associate, Health & Human Performance Department