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Detecting Team Potential for Athlete Hazing

Hazing in sports causes both physical and emotional harm to an athlete as well legal and reputational harm to an athletic program. There is thus strong rationale for preventing hazing and implementing a positive approach to inculcating team cohesion and loyalty.  Ohio Wesleyan University and EXACT Sports developed a psychometrically validated instrument to assess the team culture and potential propensity toward hazing behaviors. This tool was designed to not only enhance the safety of student-athletes, but to provide a mechanism for greater institutional monitoring of the team culture and potential for hazing.