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WVU faculty member earns national young investigator award

Johannes Raabe, assistant professor, Sport and Exercise Psychology at the West Virginia University College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, was recognized by a national group for his research exploring the perceived challenges and coping mechanisms of female NCAA Division I strength and conditioning coaches. Raabe, who serves as a faculty member in both the CPASS undergraduate and doctoral SEP program, received the 2021 Young Investigator Grant from the National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation.

“It is a true honor to be recognized with this prestigious award, which will allow me to expand my work on the coach-athlete relationship to investigate coaches’ own psychological functioning,” Raabe said. “These efforts will help coaches to not only facilitate athletes’ development but also cope with the challenges of the profession, experience well-being and perform at a high level in their own right.

“My co-investigator, Dr. Morgan Eckenrod at the University of Southern Mississippi, and I have designed an extensive mixed-methods study that would not be feasible without this support and, for that, I am extremely thankful.”

"Congratulations to Johannes for receiving this award," Dr. Nicole Dabbs, NSCA Foundation board president, said. "His proposed study is in alignment with the mission of the NSCA Foundation and we are looking forward to the outcomes of the study to educate the industry."

“The Foundation Board of Directors and reviewers believe that each of the funded grants will advance the profession through new research, creation, and dissemination of information that can be shared broadly within the industry,” Carissa Gump, NSCA Foundation director, said.

The National Strength and Conditioning Association Foundation was founded in 2007 with the aim of supporting the advancement of strength and conditioning practical applications. The NSCA Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to providing funding to NSCA members taking part in educational and research endeavors. Since its establishment, the NSCA Foundation has awarded 120 grants and 440 scholarships, totaling over $2 million to outstanding individuals within the strength and conditioning community.

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