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Understanding Youth Sport Coaches’ Perceptions of Evidence-Based Injury Prevention Exercise Programs – August 17, 2022

August 17, 2022

Description: ACL injuries continue to rise in the 13–17-year-old age group despite the existence of injury prevention exercise programs capable of reducing the risk of injury. The use of multi-level implementation science frameworks may be beneficial in understanding constructs that affect program implementation among coaches, and in the development of train-the-trainer programming to meet the needs of coaches and athletes.


Lauren Hawkinson, MA, LAT, ATCSpeaker: Lauren Hawkinson, MA, LAT, ATC

Lauren Hawkinson is a third-year doctoral student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training from Winona State University, and a master’s degree in Exercise and Sport Science with emphasis in Athletic Training from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to returning to Chapel Hill to pursue a PhD in Human Movement Science, Lauren worked clinically as an athletic trainer at the University of Richmond and the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Her research area of interest is the development of successful implementation strategies for ACL injury prevention programs in a variety of youth sport settings. Outside of grad school, Lauren enjoys college sports, reading, and playing the piano.  

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