Department of Kinesiology

School of Health and Human Sciences

Former EdD Program Graduate Assistant Receives NCAA Grant for Research

Erin J. Reifsteck, Ph.D., is a 2014 graduate of UNCG and is currently a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow with the Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness at University of North Carolina at Greensboro. During her doctoral program, Erin was the graduate assistant for the EdD in Kinesiology program and was instrumental in the development stages of the program. Erin has just been awarded a grant from the NCAA for her current research project Moving On!: A Physical Activity Transition Program for Student-Athletes. More details about the grant can be found here. Congratulations Erin, we are so proud of you!

Abstract:

Moving On!: A Physical Activity Transition Program for Student-Athletes

*Erin J. Reifsteck, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, Institute to Promote Athlete Health and Wellness, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Diane L. Gill, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Kinesiology, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
DeAnne D. Brooks, Ed.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology, Salem College

Maintaining healthy levels of physical activity after college can be challenging for many student-athletes. Given the health concerns associated with dropping from high activity to inactivity, evidence-based programs are needed to prepare student-athletes for this transition. We will conduct a pilot study of a physical activity transition program designed to help senior student-athletes transition from highly structured and competitive collegiate athletics to lifestyle physical activity. This research will provide a blueprint to guide university athletics departments in implementing transition programs that foster the long-term health and well-being of their student-athletes through strategies that promote physical activity beyond college sports.