Title

Eating Disorders in High School Equestrian Athletes

School Name

Chapin High School

Grade Level

11th Grade

Presentation Topic

Physiology and Health

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

In recent years, the prevalence of eating disorders among female athletes has significantly increased. This is evidenced by the National Eating Disorder Association’s research where it was concluded that over one third of NCAA D1 female athletes have reported a negative relationship in regards to eating (NEDA, 2021). A gap in this research that can be filled is specifically focusing on a certain female dominated sport, such as equestrian. There is a gap in similar research when it comes to the age group of athletes and there is a lack of research that predominantly focuses on high school equestrian athletes. This study was conducted by modifying the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) and posting the test online for junior members of the equestrian community, who compete in either the equitation or the hunter divisions, to complete. It was hypothesized that if riders compete in the equitation then they will have a higher score on the EAT-26 test than riders that compete in the hunters due to the different judging standards of each division. The results were analyzed comparing scores of equitation riders (judged on rider) and hunter riders (judged on horse) with a two sample t-test. The results of the two sample t-test yielded a p-value of 0.000 which suggests that the conclusions of the hypothesis were highly significant. A further gap that could be addressed with future research could be comparing junior equitation riders to adult equitation riders.

Location

N/A

Start Date

4-2-2022 9:00 PM

Presentation Format

Written Only

Group Project

No

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Apr 2nd, 9:00 PM

Eating Disorders in High School Equestrian Athletes

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In recent years, the prevalence of eating disorders among female athletes has significantly increased. This is evidenced by the National Eating Disorder Association’s research where it was concluded that over one third of NCAA D1 female athletes have reported a negative relationship in regards to eating (NEDA, 2021). A gap in this research that can be filled is specifically focusing on a certain female dominated sport, such as equestrian. There is a gap in similar research when it comes to the age group of athletes and there is a lack of research that predominantly focuses on high school equestrian athletes. This study was conducted by modifying the Eating Attitudes Test (EAT-26) and posting the test online for junior members of the equestrian community, who compete in either the equitation or the hunter divisions, to complete. It was hypothesized that if riders compete in the equitation then they will have a higher score on the EAT-26 test than riders that compete in the hunters due to the different judging standards of each division. The results were analyzed comparing scores of equitation riders (judged on rider) and hunter riders (judged on horse) with a two sample t-test. The results of the two sample t-test yielded a p-value of 0.000 which suggests that the conclusions of the hypothesis were highly significant. A further gap that could be addressed with future research could be comparing junior equitation riders to adult equitation riders.