This collection includes Senior Individualized Projects (SIP's) completed in the Physical Education Department. Abstracts are generally available to the public, but PDF files are available only to current Kalamazoo College students, faculty, and staff. If you are not a current K College student, faculty, or staff member, email us at dspace@kzoo.edu to request access to this material.

Recent Submissions

  • Summer Training at Broadway Dance Center 

    Young, JayLashay (Jay) (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2019)
    I’ve had the opportunity to study away in New York City in the New York Arts Program Winter 2018. During my study in New York, I interned for college credit at New York Live Arts as the Marketing & Front of House Intern. ...
  • A Look at Contradictions Within NCAA Rulings 

    Bauer, Sean (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2016)
    College athletics have immensely grown in popularity over the last century. Athletic departments all over the country have evolved into multi-million dollar businesses, with the top programs generating huge revenues for ...
  • Exploration, Nature, and Higher Education 

    Lawson, Felix Andrei (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2018)
    The purpose of this project is to serve as a reflection of my most foundational experiences that I have accumulated a little before and during my time at Kalamazoo College. This project makes apparent the important role ...
  • A Hike Home 

    Cho, Youngjoon (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2017)
    In discussing a documentary of a trip on the John Muir Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, the author writes "I learned many things on this trip including how to cope with being by myself and how capable my body really is. ...
  • Modular Design for Character Creation : Outdoor Edition 

    Kleppe, Megan (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2018)
    Focusing on the spiritual and biological connection between people and nature as a method of character creation, this outdoor experiment allowed for the creation of the novella Mechanized Memory. It also fostered a ...
  • A Gap in Women's Health Research : Optimizing Pelvic Floor Health After a Vaginal Delivery 

    Powers, Emily (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2016)
    Women are sometimes seen as a workhorse, marveled upon for their reproductive ability to bring new life into the world. However, as a society, we often fail to recognize that the woman's body endures pronounced trauma ...
  • Development of the Pre-Pubescent Brain With Extra-Curricular Activity 

    Brown, Hunter H. (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2016)
    The brains of all species are composed primarily of two broad classes of cells: neurons and glial cells. Glial cells come in several types, and perform a number of critical functions, including structural support, metabolic ...
  • The Health Benefits and Risks Associated with the Combined Oral Contraceptive : A Literature Review 

    Bageris, Jennifer (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2016)
    In the last 50 years, the birth control pill, also referred to as the oral contraceptive (OC), has become one of the more famous, effective, and widely used methods of contraception. The original intent of the pill was to ...
  • won't you celebrate with me : Reflections on My Blackness Abroad and At Home 

    Finkelstein, Olivia (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2017)
    I studied abroad in Budapest in the Fall semester of 2015 and left the following February with the deep certainty that I needed to come back as soon as possible. In the summer of 2016, I traveled to Budapest, Hungary, to ...
  • Perceptions of Stress Among Athletes 

    Robison, Joshua Slater-Jared (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2017)
    With scores of individuals competing in sport every year, new ways of envisioning what potential stressors an athlete might experience need to be examined. Besides, the traditional practices of focusing on the physical ...
  • Sudden Cardiac Arrest : Preventative Steps and Emergency Action Plans Needed to Help Prevent Student Athlete Death 

    Van Dyke, Krysta (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2016)
    The purpose of this research is to explain the problem with current laws and school preparation for sudden cardiac arrest. As well as to discuss the steps that need to be taken to help prevent student athlete death from ...
  • Mindfulness, Stress Management, and Holistic Wellbeing 

    Wynkoop, Mitchell (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2018)
    Mindfulness is an integral element in maintaining psychological and physiological well being through stress management. Stress management is crucial for maintaining a balanced, healthy, and happy life. Stress must always ...
  • Effects of Walking Boots/Braces on Ankle Injury Prevention and Rehabilitation : A Literature Review 

    Ramirez, Branden (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2016)
    With sports participation being as high as it has ever been, the number of observed injuries in today’s world of athletics is equally as high when compared to the past. This high number of injuries corresponds to a high ...
  • Living with ADHD : Implications in Academics, Athletics, and Relationships and How Kalamazoo College Helped Me Change 

    Hahn, Kyle (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2018)
    This thesis provides my personal narrative, supplemented with scientific evidence to give appropriate background, definitions and concepts to enhance the reader’s understanding, regarding ADHD and what it is like to live ...
  • A Review of Herniated Discs and Treatment Outcomes 

    Edick, Charles (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2016)
    To advance the knowledge of this field of inquiry further, more in depth studies into the statistics of disc herniation injuries should be performed. Aside from risk factors, individual case studies, and a few randomized ...
  • A Literature Review & Personal Study of the Role of Macronutrient Intake in Muscle Growth 

    Kim, Andrew (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2017)
    Muscle growth is the product of time dedicated to resistance training. Another equally important aspect of muscle proliferation is nutrition. For the purposes of this paper, I chose to look at the literature in regards to ...
  • Methodology of Exercise and Pregnancy in Women and a Proposed Plan for Standardization 

    Suseland, Shelby (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2019)
    The data and professional opinions regarding exercise during pregnancy has not always been consistent. Over time, results from research have found that in general, the effects of exercise is either neutral or beneficial ...
  • Developing a Strength and Conditioning Program for a Division III Collegiate Swim Team 

    Ambs, Alexandrea (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2018)
    The purpose of this project is to explore and identify different training techniques used in the weight room as they specifically apply to swimming. These techniques and exercises will be used to create a strength and ...
  • A Review of the Development of Evidence-Based Protocols and Structure of Pre-hospital EMS Systems 

    Siems, Alexsandra (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2016)
    I would like to especially thank my advisor, Bryan Goyings for helping me think critically and develop questions about my work as an EMT. I appreciate his help guiding me and reviewing my work as well as offering ideas ...
  • The Life and Legacy of Coach George Acker 

    Mencer, Alan (Kalamazoo, Mich. : Kalamazoo College., 2015)
    George Acker is known on Kalamazoo College campus for the legacy he left as the tennis coach. In his 35 years of coaching at Kalamazoo College he won 35 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Conference ...

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