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Jacob A. Jones

Self-concept theory was used as a theoretical basis to investigate the utility of social norms alcohol prevention programs for college athletes. The predictive relationship among alcohol use and athletic identity, competitiveness, drinking game participation, and level of sport participation was investigated. Drinking game participation was found to be a significant predictor of total weekly alcohol use above and beyond the other predictors. In addition, organized recreational sport participation was a significant predictor of total binge-drinking episodes. It was demonstrated that individuals not currently participating in sports with an athletic identity in the same range as current athletes consumed alcohol at similar rates to current athletes, thus supporting athletic identity as an alternative way of classifying athlete status when studying alcohol consumption patterns. These results highlight the importance of drinking game participation in the alcohol use of college athletes and the validity of applying self-concept theory to alcohol prevention programs.

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Aaron Sciascia, Jacob Waldecker and Cale Jacobs

college athletes compared with college attendees who did not participate in sport. 1 Pain is the most common patient-reported symptom 2 but the perception of pain is complex, differs between individuals and not directly proportional to the extent of injury. 3 , 4 Factors that extend beyond the

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Christopher P. Tomczyk, George Shaver and Tamerah N. Hunt

field. 7 , 8 These findings begin to beg the question of whether anxiety screening should be a focused component of the concussion protocol at baseline. Focused Clinical Question Does anxiety affect neuropsychological assessments in healthy college athletes? Summary of Search, “Best Evidence” Appraised

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J.D. DeFreese, Michael J. Baum, Julianne D. Schmidt, Benjamin M. Goerger, Nikki Barczak, Kevin M. Guskiewicz and Jason P. Mihalik

’s full potential and may influence clinicians to make premature and/or potentially dangerous return-to-play decisions that are inconsistent with best practice. Accordingly, the purpose of this study was to determine if life stressors are associated with college athlete concussion testing performance

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Michelle L. Bartlett, Mitch Abrams, Megan Byrd, Arial S. Treankler and Richard Houston-Norton

specifically in a college athlete population and anger identification assessment and protocols for this population have been scarce at best. Anger and Performance in Athletics Most attempts to address anger in athletics have been to try to reduce it ( Abrams, 2010 ). Careful consideration must be taken here as

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Sajad Bagherian, Khodayar Ghasempoor, Nader Rahnama and Erik A. Wikstrom

injury risk in male football players, 9 female college athletes, 10 and male military candidates. 11 The lateral step-down (LSD) test can be used to rate the quality of movement based on the alignment of the trunk, pelvis, and knee 12 with scores ranging from 0 to 6. 13 The Y balance test (YBT) was

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Megan N. Houston, Johanna M. Hoch and Matthew C. Hoch

activity and work. Elevated levels of fear have contributed to disablement in patients with low back pain 8 and patellofemoral pain 9 and following anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. 10 Furthermore, acutely injured high-school and college athletes have exhibited increased fear. 11 It is clear

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Lauren A. Brown, Eric E. Hall, Caroline J. Ketcham, Kirtida Patel, Thomas A. Buckley, David R. Howell and Srikant Vallabhajosula

, adding a dual-task paradigm to turning gait may pose as a more challenging task to a population such as college athletes during their postconcussion recovery evaluation. Thus, examining turning while walking, particularly under a dual-task paradigm, may allow clinicians to gain valuable information

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Leticia Oseguera, Dan Merson, C. Keith Harrison and Sue Rankin

outcomes may have less relevance today, but stereotypes of college athletes as dumb jocks with limited academic success persist ( Sailes, 1993 ; Simons & Van Rheenen, 2000 ). Consequently, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) initiated policies and programs to respond to these negative

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Ryan Morrison, Kyle M. Petit, Chris Kuenze, Ryan N. Moran and Tracey Covassin

force plate that provides an objective balance assessment via estimation of COP path length. 7 Preliminary investigation of the BTrackS has yielded a specificity of 0.90 in concussed college athletes. 8 The BTrackS has also displayed good-to-excellent test–retest reliability when participants were