Date of Award
Master of Arts (M.A.)
There have bean many arguments, pro and con, about which boys make the best athletes. One very well known college coach, so the legend goes, would do his recruiting of football players in the following manner. He would drive around the country and every time he saw a prospective football player plowing a field he would stop and ask directions to the next town. If the boy just told him how to get there he would depart, but if the boy picked up the plow and pointed in the direction he should go he would immediately ask him to come to his school to play football for him. Stories of this type have brought to the investigator's mind a problem which it is felt could be developed and to which definite conclusions could be attached.
Statement of problem. It was the purpose of this study to ascertain which group -- rural or urban -- produces the better athlete.
Stowell, Carroll Clinton. (1954). Effect of environment on athletic ability. University of the Pacific, Thesis. https://scholarlycommons.pacific.edu/uop_etds/1235