Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2022

Document Type

Honors Thesis


Health Science

First Advisor

Jamie Turgeon-Drake

Second Advisor

Amy Nelson

Third Advisor

Jonelle Hook


Sports, Psychology, Team Chemistry, Survey

Subject Categories

Medicine and Health Sciences | Psychology


Team chemistry in sports is one of the more vital factors that potentially impacts the overall success of a team. There is increasing growth in the school of thought surrounding the use of team building in sports to develop the best teams built for success. Many programs exist in athletics and other environments that strive to promote strong team culture. This literature review examines the influence sports psychology has on the success of a sports team and current programs that exist in both the business environment and athletics, intending to improve team culture. Furthermore, the book containing the experiment on which this study is based is also analyzed. This thesis demonstrates the use of team culture in a school setting and draws connections to its use in life as well. The two surveys conducted within a midwestern university’s swim team followed by the debriefing meeting reveal the effect of meaningful conversations on building trust in relationships. The findings indicate that the development of meaningful relationships through deeper conversations may lead to increased trust, which allows for an improvement in team culture.



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