College of Health Professions

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-08 17:26:29


Exercise Science

Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2023


Participation in college athletics poses numerous demands on young adults. Not only are there academic demands to remain eligible for competition, but there are physical and mental demands that often go unnoticed. With all these demands, it is understandable how one's nutrition, body image, and mental health may go on the back burner, resulting in insufficiencies in all three categories. The results from this study suggest that athletes displayed stronger physiological responses with respect to heart rate and blood pressure when responding to the surveys surrounding the topics of mental health, body image, and nutrition as compared to non-athletes. The presence of elevated physiological responses to these topics can assist in suggesting that these topics have a higher stress inducing effect on athletes as compared to non-athletes. We hope to inspire additional research on this important topic and continue to prove its relevance in college athletics, specifically for female athletes.

Research Sponsor

Stephanie Davis-Dieringer

First Reader

Melissa Smith

Second Reader

Kaitlyn Coerse

Honors Faculty Advisor

Rachele Kappler

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