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Promoting Identity Development in Student Athletes: There’s An App for That

Over-identification with the athletic role can have negative implications. The goal of this project was to develop and assess the impact of an informational intervention for student-athletes delivered through a mobile app (ReadyApp). Messages highlighted and reinforced the necessary steps for student athletes to develop a healthy identity. Alerts were sent three times per week for 10 weeks. Findings indicated that ReadyApp benefitted student athletes by allowing them to access information and guidance on their own time, challenged them to think critically about their future selves, provided useful action steps to form a well-integrated identity, and reinforced the positive steps student athletes are already taking.