Current Projects

Women’s Football Foundation

1. Concussion

    • This study will collect data on the concussion rate and neurocognitive/neuromotor performance limitations post-concussion in women playing a collision sport.  Specifically, this project will:
      1. Collect pre-season baseline data on neurocognitive and neuromotor performance using a UNCG research team.
      2. Track concussions throughout pre-season and the regular season using Certified Athletic Trainers.
      3. For athletes identified/diagnosed with a concussion event, the UNCG team will retest their neurocognitive and neuromotor performance on days 1, 3, 5, 7, and 10 after the concussion to determine the acute and long-term consequences of their concussion.
      4. Collect post-season neurocognitive and neuromotor performance data with the UNCG research team to determine the chronic effect on neurocognitive and neuromotor performance from participating in a collision sport.

2.  Overall Women’s Health

  • This study will collect survey data on various aspects of the football players’ lives as it relates to their overall health.  Specifically, we will collect data on:
    1. Injury history
    2. Nutritional history and current daily habits
    3. Work-life-family balance
    4. Quality of Life (QoL)
    5. Exposure to violence off the field

Coaching  Coaches:

An educational program to increase the positive role that high school
coaches play  in stopping gender-based interpersonal violence.
The goal of this  project is to develop a partnership between the North Carolin Coalition  Against Sexual Assault (NCCASA), the North Carolina High School Athletic  Association (NCHSAA) and UNC Greensboro (UNCG) that, in the short-term, develops an educational  program for high school coaches in North Carolina that effectively increases  the positive role that these coaches play in stopping gender-based interpersonal violence among their athletes. Our long-term goal is to develop a strong partnership between these organizations that forms  the foundation for a future collaborative action, research and grant funding  that further: enhances the leadership role that coaches and athletes can play in reducing  gender- based violence; exposes, examines, and reduces the tolerance of  gender-based violence by the athletic community; and reduces gender-based  violence perpetration by athletes.

Bystander Interventions

How does individual team role and status impact the bystander intentions of student-athletes in sexually violent situations?

A dominant issue in literature on sexual violence and bystander behavior is a need to understand how individual role impacts bystander behavior for  student-athletes in sexually violent situations. Currently there is no scale or  tool to help capture this domain. Eight hypothetical situations were created to  assess these factors in regards
to likelihood of intervening or coming forward  in sexually violent situations. Each situation interchanged between high/low  status of sport as well as high/low role of the person in the scenario. These situations were given to 48 incoming freshman, Division I, student-athletes to assess thier perception of intervening in response to the 8 different scenarios. We are in the process of analyzing the data and hope to present this study at the 2013 AFFERD National Convention.