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NCAA sport science institute, UNCG launch online health and wellness resource for freshmen student-athletes

photo of WyrickThe NCAA Sport Science Institute has partnered with UNCG to develop a new online program for freshmen student-athletes at NCAA-member schools that encourages healthy decision-making.

The Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness (IPAHW) at UNCG developed myPlaybook, an online educational tool that targets health promotion strategies such as social norms, behavioral expectancies, behavioral intentions, bystander decision-making and harm prevention skills.  

“myPlaybook is a manifestation of our mission, translating the latest evidence from behavioral sciences into practical tools and resources to make significant impacts on athletes’ lives,” said Dr. David Wyrick, director of the IPAHW.

In previous years, the Sport Science Institute has sponsored pilot funding for NCAA schools to use myPlaybook. The Sport Science Institute built on these efforts and in 2017, commissioned The Institute to Promote Athlete Health & Wellness to develop The Freshman Experience, an evidence-based curriculum that specifically targets a student-athlete’s freshman year as a critical opportunity for intervention and behavior change. To date, more than 170 schools from NCAA Divisions I, II and III have registered for the program.

The Freshman Experience curriculum includes a core module for alcohol, banned and recreational drugs as well as supplemental modules for mental health, sexual violence prevention and time management. Additional modules on sleep wellness, hazing prevention and sport nutrition are expected to be released in the spring of 2018. The Freshman Experience is available at no cost to freshman student-athletes at NCAA member schools.