Is this project an undergraduate, graduate, or faculty project?

Undergraduate

group

Poster Session

Authors' Class Standing

Tarra Keating, Senior Shayla Merrigan, Freshman

Lead Presenter's Name

Tarra Keating

Faculty Mentor Name

David Keck

Abstract

This presentation offers an overview of Sports and Aviation as an emerging field of study. Recently, students, faculty, and staff at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have begun to ask a series of questions about the interrelationships between these two multi-billion-dollar sectors. Prior to this, when people thought of “sports and aviation” they might have thought of famous disasters, such as the crashes that killed Roberto Clemente, Thurman Munson, or the Marshall football team. Now, through interdisciplinary cooperation, a new field of inquiry is emerging involving diverse approaches. These include analyzing marketing strategies; using the tools of aerospace physiology to assess the impact of air travel on athletes; engineering airplanes for reducing the negative impact of air travel on athletic performance as well as for maximizing the potential for recovery during flights back from games; and historical evaluations of the importance of athletics in the history of pilot training and astronaut selection. This presentation synthesizes current research and invites students, faculty, and staff into new areas for future investigations (e.g. how drones are changing the fan experience of sports as well as their potential for providing new data for coaches and athletes).

Did this research project receive funding support (Spark or Ignite Grants) from the Office of Undergraduate Research?

No

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Sports and Aviation-A New Field for Research

This presentation offers an overview of Sports and Aviation as an emerging field of study. Recently, students, faculty, and staff at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University have begun to ask a series of questions about the interrelationships between these two multi-billion-dollar sectors. Prior to this, when people thought of “sports and aviation” they might have thought of famous disasters, such as the crashes that killed Roberto Clemente, Thurman Munson, or the Marshall football team. Now, through interdisciplinary cooperation, a new field of inquiry is emerging involving diverse approaches. These include analyzing marketing strategies; using the tools of aerospace physiology to assess the impact of air travel on athletes; engineering airplanes for reducing the negative impact of air travel on athletic performance as well as for maximizing the potential for recovery during flights back from games; and historical evaluations of the importance of athletics in the history of pilot training and astronaut selection. This presentation synthesizes current research and invites students, faculty, and staff into new areas for future investigations (e.g. how drones are changing the fan experience of sports as well as their potential for providing new data for coaches and athletes).

 

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