Students in the Sport and Exercise Psychology track are required to complete a 3 credit capstone project, SPRT630: Capstone in Sport Science. Students in the Sport Administration track can choose to complete a 3 credit capstone project or a 6 credit field experience, SPRT624: Advanced Field Experience. Both the capstone project and field experience are considered culminating activities and final requirements for graduation.
Students in the Sport and Exercise Psychology track are required to complete a research capstone, often referred to as a thesis. Students in the Sport Administration track may choose between a research capstone or a policy capstone. In a research capstone, students will design and conduct independent research. When this research includes human participants (e.g. surveys, interviews, group interviews), you will need to complete the Institutional Review Board (IRB) process. It is possible that you conduct research without involving human subjects (archival or public data) and will not require IRB. In a policy capstone, students may critically examine an existing policy (ADA, Title IX, NCAA policies, etc.) or consider the development of a new policy where one does not already exist but is needed. As with the research capstone, a policy project may not require IRB approval.
Examples of research projects students have completed include:
- examination of the leadership styles of assistant coaches on group cohesion
- frequency and contributing factors of burnout among high school athletes
- prevalence of eating disorders among female collegiate track athletes
- effectiveness of special feature promotions on game day attendance in MLB
- role of female mentors in the career development of female athletic directors
- mental toughness and gender of both coaches and athletes
- role of parents in disordered eating and eating disorders
Examples of policy projects students have completed include:
- establishment of a workplace emergency response protocol (where none previously existed)
- assessment of the new NCAA penalty for a positive drug-test for marijuana
- assessment of the impact of Title IX on female athletic trainers
- establishment of a mental health referral policy for NCAA athletes
- revision of the weigh-in procedures for sprint football