Your assistance is needed for two research studies

Your assistance is needed for two research studies


National Survey on Emergency Preparation for Youth Sports

For: Parents, coaches, and administrators for youth sports team

About: This National Survey on Emergency Preparation for Youth Sports takes about 10 minutes to complete. 

A large number of youth participate in sports as a form of socialization and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. With increased participation comes an increased risk of injury. Sudden cardiac arrest is the leading cause of death among youth athletes in the United States. Intervention using an emergency action plan, by trained individuals and expedient use of an AED greatly increases the survival rate of sudden cardiac arrest in youth athletes. Several rules and regulations, particularly in high schools, have been enacted over the past several years to help improve the emergency preparedness in secondary school sports organizations. However, it remains unknown whether similar improvements have been made in youth sports organizations.

The purpose of this study is to evaluate the level of preparation, training of personnel, and availability of AEDs for responding to emergencies in youth athletes.  It will only take approximately 10 minutes to complete the questionnaire. All responses will remain confidential and secure. This research has been approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University of Lynchburg. 

We appreciate your time in taking the survey.  We are hopeful that the results will help improve safety in youth sports in the future.  

Survey Link:

Confidential survey responses will be collected using Qualtrics.  Please click on the link below to complete the survey:


If you have any questions or would like additional information about this research, please contact the Principal Investigators, Dr. Tom Bowman at or Dr. Richard Boergers at

Coach's Perceptions of Factors that Influence Creating a Supportive and Caring Sport Climate

For: Coaches of athletes between the ages of 10 and 19 years of age

About: What influences your ability to create a supportive and caring sport climate? Share your thoughts in this Research Study.

A member of the Department of Kinesiology at James Madison University is conducting a research study to better understand the supportive and caring practices sport coaches use on their teams. It is a 15-minute online survey. Participation is completely voluntary, and the survey results are confidential. 

Participants will be given the option to enter a drawing for 1 of 20 $15 Prepaid Cards. The drawing will be held within four weeks, and you will be notified of the outcome via email.

If you would like to participate, click on the link below.

Survey Link:


If you have any questions, please contact:

Lori Gano-Overway, PhD    

Department of Kinesiology 

James Madison University

Email Address:

Study Survey

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