Date of Award

Spring 5-8-2021

Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Health Science

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Whitney Lucas Molitor, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, BCG


Occupational therapy, athletics, student-athlete, Lifestyle Redesign®

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy | Sports Sciences | Sports Studies


Occupational therapists have a range of skills that can benefit a variety of populations. Despite these skills, occupational therapy has limited exploration within the field of athletics. The capstone project gave insight to the services occupational therapy can provide to the student-athlete population. Through the lens of Lifestyle Redesign®, the Student-Athlete Wellness Program was created to support student-athlete academic success and life balance. Following a needs assessment an online program was developed. The program was provided to students and athletes a University in the Midwest U.S. The program attracted 21 student-athletes and five students. Limited participation in surveys provided difficulties when evaluating program effectiveness. Those who participated, reported benefits from completing the program. Occupational therapy students who participated displayed an increased ability to facilitate a healthy life balance following completion of the modules. To facilitate a development of leadership skills a teaching experience was included in the capstone project.



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