Pregnancy prevalence, outcomes, and knowledge of rights for NCAA Division I female student athletes Public Deposited

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  • March 21, 2019
  • Jaco, Lindsey Laure
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Exercise and Sport Science
  • No study has ever examined pregnancy in a student-athlete population. The purpose of this study was to determine the prevalence of pregnancy and the relationship of pregnancy outcomes to knowledge of rights in collegiate female athletes enrolled at NCAA DI-A institutions. Paper and pencil surveys were administered at four major DI-A (BCS) institutions. Of the total 897 female student-athletes enrolled at the four institutions, 517 chose to participate in this study. Four percent of the subjects responded that they had been pregnant. Fifty seven percent of those subjects had abortions. Thirty percent of the subjects responded that they were not aware of their pregnancy rights. Results from this study did not illustrate a clear relationship between knowledge of pregnancy rights and hypothetical pregnancy decision. This study concluded that female student athletes and college athletics administrators need to be more educated about student athlete pregnancy rights and best sexual health practices.
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