Posted: Apr 23, 2012 11:11 AM
Updated: Apr 23, 2012 11:11 AM
BATON ROUGE - Pennington Biomedical Research Center was awarded a five-year, $2.3 million grant by the National Institutes of Health to improve the health and well-being of female collegiate athletes.
The study is called "Female Athlete Body Project: A Randomized Controlled Trial."
LSU Athletics, American University in Washington, D.C., and Trinity University in San Antonio are involved in the project.
Dr. Tiffany Stewart, is a co-principal investigator on the study, said it will include athletic programs across many NCAA divisions.
The study will involve 500 female athletes recruited among the three sites' sports teams including basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming, diving, tennis, golf, softball, gymnastics and cheerleading.
LSU Vice Chancellor and Athletic Director Joe Alleva says he's pleased LSU athletes will be able to participate in a study "that can ultimately help all universities develop a positive course of action for female student-athletes."