Degree Name

Master of Science

Department or Program



Partridge, Julie


PURPOSE: The purpose of this research study is to determine how colligate athlete’s nutritional status and eating habits changed during the COVID-19 home confinement period in spring 2020.

METHODOLODY: Southern Illinois University Carbondale athletes (n=52) completed a modified Renzo, L. D., et al, 2020 questionnaire on SurveyMonkey. Participants were asked questions regarding their personal data, dietary habits, and lifestyle habits related to before and during the spring 2020 COVID-19 home confinement period. The data was analyzed through SurveyMonkey and described utilizing a quantitative and qualitative approach.

RESULTS: A total of 52 participants took part in the research study. All 52 participants met the inclusion criteria of having academic status at SIUC, being between 18-24 years old, being a collegiate athlete, and completing the consent form and questionnaire (see Table 1). Athletes with a typical fall (n = 24), winter (n = 7), and spring (n = 20) competitive season participated in the study.

CONCLUSION: The results of this study indicate that various changes to lifestyle, eating, and general health habits of SIU athletes did occur between pre- and during COVID-19 home confinement during March through May of 2020.