Pennington gets $2.3M grant to study health of female athletes
Pennington Biomedical Research Center announced this morning it has been awarded a five-year, $2.3 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to investigate a program designed to improve the health and well-being of female collegiate athletes. The study, called "Female Athlete Body Project: A Randomized Controlled Trial," will be done in partnership with LSU Athletics, American University in Washington, D.C., and Trinity University in San Antonio. "This study will provide key information on the efficacy, acceptability, and feasibility of health promotion programming in female athletes," says Dr. Tiffany Stewart, a co-principal investigator on the study, which will include athletic programs across many NCAA divisions. The study will involve 500 female athletes recruited among the three sites' sports teams including basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming, diving, tennis, golf, softball, gymnastics and cheerleading. LSU Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director Joe Alleva says he's pleased LSU athletes will be able to participate in a study "that can ultimately help all universities develop a positive course of action for female student-athletes."
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