Student Athlete Health and Well-Being:
Looking at the Past to Inform the Future


Recruitment is now open!

Buffs Health4Life Eligibility


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About the Study

This study, funded by the Pac-12 Student-Athlete Health & Well-Being Grant Program,  aims to compare the student athlete to cohort-matched, non-student athlete alumni who graduated 2, 5, 10, 15, 20 and 25 year prior.  

The athletes we will be looking at specifically are from the following NCAA sports:

  • Football
  • Women’s Soccer 
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country

The study will be utilizing surveys to measure physical and psychological health and well-being, including questions related to chronic conditions (e.g., diabetes, heart disease, obesity, neurodegenerative disease, etc…) and mental health diagnoses.

What Will We Learn?

  • Health and life trajectories of CU alumni, and how they differ or align based on their student experience and characteristics (student-athlete or student non-athlete; demographics, sport played, gender etc.)
  • Identify best practices (current and historical)
  • Identify opportunities for change that could optimize health outcomes and life trajectories for all Buffs


If you have questions regarding this study, please contact Kristen Lenahan at or