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Women athletes--Health and hygiene--Iowa--Cedar Falls; Sports injuries; Women athletes--Health and hygiene; Iowa--Cedar Falls; Academic theses;


This study was designed to investigate the effects of life stress and coping resources on the occurrence and severity of athletic injuries for female collegiate athletes. Subjects from the university's women's volleyball and soccer team were classified as either injured or non-injured, depending on whether injury occurred during the athletic season. A further separation of the injured players divided them according to the severity of their injuries (minor, significant, and major). The LESCA and Coping Resources section of the Stress Audit Questionnaire were used to test life stress and coping resources athletes have for dealing with stress. Psychometric data was collected on the Coping Resources survey using the Everly Stress and Symptom Inventory. The findings indicated no significant difference between injured and non-injured athletes on life stress and coping resources for both administrations of the questionnaires. However, significant differences were found between the overall means of the first and second administration of the coping resources survey. Also, a significant regression equation was found based on the scores on the coping resources survey for the initial administration. Research needs to be conducted that explores how life stress and coping resources affect injury severity in female athletes, as well as the use of multiple testing of given variables.

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Degree Name

Master of Arts


School of Health, Physical Education, and Leisure Services

First Advisor

Mick Mack

Second Advisor

Sharon Huddleston

Third Advisor

Carol Phillips


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