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Wednesday, April 26 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Body Composition, Injury Risk, Health Behaviors, and Body Perceptions in College Endurance Athletes

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College sports are growing in popularity and with this, injury risk and prevalence of collegiate athletes grows. In cross country runners alone, roughly 50% of these athletes will be injured through sport with female athletes having higher risk for injury than male athletes. Further research in determining risk factors for injury in both male and female athletes is needed. In females specifically, injury risk concerns have come to be known as the “Female Athlete Triad” involving three components: low energy availability, menstrual dysfunction, and low bone mineral density. With just one or more of these factors present, injury risk grows. In addition to increasing risk of injury, presenting with the female athlete triad may also negatively affect individual wellness and performance. Therefore, it is important to recognize athletes presenting with outcomes and behaviors that increase risk of injury and to identify potential factors associated with these outcomes and behaviors. The purpose of this study is to examine associations among injury risk, body composition, bone density, health behaviors, and body perceptions in collegiate endurance athletes. Members of the UNC-Asheville Cross Country and Track Team will complete questionnaires on basic demographics, eating habits, health behaviors, injury risk factors, and body perceptions. Injury risk will be assessed using questions suggested by the NCAA’s Triad Consensus Panel. Body image will be assessed using the Multidimensional Body-Self Relations Questionnaire. Dietary habits will be measured using the Rapid Eating Assessment. Data on other health behaviors including sleep and stress management will also be collected. Following the questionnaires, body composition and bone mineral density will be assessed using dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry. Data collection is planned for the last week of March. Descriptive statistics and Pearson correlations will be used to examine the prevalence of injury risk among athletes as well as correlations among outcome variables.

Wednesday April 26, 2017 10:30am - 12:00pm PDT
Concourse - Wilma Sherrill Center

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