Innovations Grant

NCAA awards $100,000 in grants to 5 research teams

Five research teams will receive a total of $100,000 through the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program, designed to enhance college athletes' mental health and well-being.

PROF Academy: A Model to Enhance Overall Well-being, Mental Health Practices and Professional Development Among Division III Student-Athletes

Student-athletes indicated their desire to be prepared for academic success after college. PROF Academy served as a model for Division III institutions to assist student-athletes as they transition into the professional environment by...

Online Athlete Bridge to Career Development (A.B.C.D.) Program

The goal of higher education is to ensure that students receive an education that allows them to obtain a career beyond college. Student-athletes may permit their identities as athletes to overshadow the need to explore viable career...

Injured Athlete Wellness Program: Creation of an Internet-Based Intervention, Providing Mental Health Support for Injured Athletes

An injured student athlete cannot recover from an injury unless guided through an optimal return to play environment addressing both physical and mental aspects of rehabilitation, with the end goal being pre-injury status. This on demand...

Changing Minds, Changing Lives: A Winning Transition to College

The transition to college can be challenging for many student athletes, particularly for those who have encountered significant adversity due to family, community or societal factors. African-American male students with elevated early-life...

Athlete Mindfulness: The Development and Evaluation of a Mindfulness Based Training Program for Promoting Mental Health and Wellbeing

The severity and number of mental health symptoms are increasing on college campuses. Thirty percent of student-athletes reported overwhelming distress over the last month (Paskus & Bell, 2016). Time demands complicate mental health...

NCAA awards $100,000 in grants to researchers

Five research teams will receive a total of $100,000 through the NCAA Innovations in Research and Practice Grant Program, designed to enhance college athletes’ psychosocial well-being and mental health.

Bodies in Motion: An Evaluation of a Program to Support Positive Body Image in Female Collegiate Athletes

Bodies-in-Motion is an evidence-based program that combines effective components of traditional interventions with a contemporary mindful self-compassion approach to promote healthy body image, eating behaviors, and overall well-being in...

Moving On!: Next Steps for Promoting the Long-Term Health and Well-Being of Student-Athletes

Programs promoting lifestyle physical activity and healthy nutrition among student-athletes are rare despite the potential physical and psychosocial consequences of transitioning out of collegiate sport. To address this critical gap, our...

Promoting Healthy Sleep and Circadian Rhythms in Student-Athletes: Mental Health, Social Functioning, and Physical Well-Being

Sleep has been increasingly identified as important for physical and mental well-being, especially among young adults. This study developed and assessed the benefits of a novel sleep health intervention targeted at student athletes. We...

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