Date of Award

January 2016

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

MaryEllen Thompson

Second Advisor

Camille Skubik-Peplaski

Third Advisor

Melba G. Custer


The purpose of this study is to examine the lived experience of collegiate athletes and their experience with a season ending injury. The individuals will have had an injury that has kept them from participating in their sport for the remainder of the season. Evidence shown gives the factors that impact recovery, supports for recovery, the model for response to sport injury, and coping mechanisms of the athletes impacted. However, there is a lack of research on the actual lived experience of the injury for collegiate athletes. Knowing this information could help change the way that we look at their recovery process. Semi structured interviews regarding their experiences with injury will be conducted with the participants. Interviews will be transcribed and coded and cross case analysis used to look for themes. Discussion includes any themes that arise out of the interviews.