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NCAA awards 2016 research grants

Program supports projects to enhance college athletes’ well-being

Four 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.

The program is aimed at funding projects that will bring tangible benefits to college athletes when used by individuals or  NCAA member schools’ athletics departments. This year’s grant recipients will produce work that touches a wide range of areas, including sleep health, parental involvement, body image issues and the transition from college athlete to a working life outside sports.

A panel that reviewed the 99 applicants and selected the grant awardees was composed of NCAA Research Committee members, practitioners, current student-athletes and scholars representing all three NCAA divisions. The committee, which funded grants in amounts ranging from $10,000 to $39,500, hopes the research will lead to programs that other colleges and universities can adopt for use on their campuses or adapt to fit their local needs.

This is the third year of the program.

These four teams will present their findings in January at the NCAA Convention in Nashville, Tennessee:

Utah State University

Topic: Developing an online education module promoting positive parental involvement.

Researchers: Travis Dorsch, Ph.D., Utah State; Miranda Kaye, Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University; Katie Lowe, Ph.D., and Jeffrey Arnett, Ph.D., Clark University.

University of Arizona

Topic: Promoting healthy sleep and circadian rhythms in student-athletes.

Researchers: Michael Grandner, Ph.D., and Amy B. Athey, Psy.D., Arizona.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Topic: Programming that promotes physical activity and healthy nutrition for student-athletes transitioning from college sports.

Researchers: Erin J. Reifsteck, Ph.D., and Lenka H. Shriver, Ph.D., UNC-Greensboro; DeAnne D. Brooks, Ph.D., Salem College.

West Virginia University

Topic: Evaluation of a program that promotes healthy body image and eating behavior among female college athletes.

Researchers: Dana K. Voelker, Ph.D., West Virginia; Trent A. Petrie, Ph.D., University of North Texas.

See project titles and abstracts here.