Date of Award

5-2011

Degree Type

Report

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

Abstract

For the last four years of your life, you have been supported by strength coaches, academic advisors, athletic trainers, tutors, mentors, and coaches. Your life is dedicated to your sport, and your body is molded into the ideal build to compete at the highest level you can achieve. As soon as your competitive days are over, your life dramatically changes and the needs of your body change as well. Because you typically do not sustain the same level of activity, you do not have the same nutritional needs. The demands you place on your body for your sport are higher than what you will maintain after you complete your eligibility. It is important for you to learn how to implement a healthy lifestyle that is sustainable following graduation and into your adult years.

The transition from collegiate competition to normal adult life is a major transition that has thus far been neglected. Athletes often struggle going from college lifestyle and competition to a normal adult life in the work force. The daily structure of college life is gone and you are left on your own to build the life that suits you. Without nutritional and fitness guidance, it is easy to continue the eating habits you acquired while competing while significantly decreasing your activity levels. This can lead to rapid weight gain as well as a number of serious health issues as you age. The purpose of this project is to provide a “detraining guide” for graduating student-­‐athletes regarding leading a healthy lifestyle after they conclude their collegiate careers. This includes nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle changes needed to successfully phase from a collegiate athlete to a healthy adult.

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This work made publicly available electronically on May 13, 2011.

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