Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Dr. Whitney Lucas Molitor, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, BCG
Occupational therapy, athletics, student-athlete, Lifestyle Redesign®
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.
Dendinger, Michaela M., "Exploring Occupational Therapy with Athletes Using Principles of Lifestyle Redesign® to Support Academic Success and Life Balance." (2021). Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations. 41.