Graduation Year

2018

Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

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Department

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

First Advisor

Gina Purdue

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Second Advisor

Molly Bradshaw

Department Affiliation

Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing

Abstract

Eating disorders have the highest mortality rate of any mental illness, including depression. Female collegiate athletes are at greater risk compared to the non-athlete population. Athletic personnel should be prepared to screen, identify, and refer female athletes for eating disorders. However, most staff are not familiar with common signs and symptoms of disordered eating, which could delay recognition of unhealthy behavior and ultimately long-term health risks. Appropriate screening protocols can assist with early identification. The purpose of this DNP project was improve the knowledge of the athletic staff regarding eating disorder recognition, awareness of university policy for identification and referral of student athletes, and use of reliable screening for all female athletes. Ultimately this project positions athletic personnel to screen, identify, and refer female student athletes appropriately, preventing long-term health and performance consequences.

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