Term of Award

Fall 2018

Degree Name

Doctor of Public Health (Dr.P.H.)

Document Type and Release Option

Dissertation (restricted to Georgia Southern)

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College of Public Health

Committee Chair

Joseph Telfair

Committee Member 1

Bridget Melton

Committee Member 2

Hani Samawi

Committee Member 3

Amy Jo Riggs

Committee Member 3 Email



This study sought to examine associations of the high incidences of orthopedic and/or musculoskeletal injuries sustained among Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). The aim of this study was to determine if a relationship exists between functional movement and health behavior as well as evaluate the effectiveness of the Functional Movement Screening (FMS) program. The study generated a study population of (n=47) cadets yielding a 35% participation rate from the ROTC Program. Participants completed a baseline health behavior assessment with specific items designed to measure ten health behaviors. The study population also completed a pre and post program Functional Movement Screening (FMS). Indicated participants were prescribed an individualized corrective exercise program to correct dysfunctional movement noted during baseline FMS. Researchers applied the Anderson Healthcare Utilization Model (HCUM), constructs of the Socio Ecological Model (SEM) and constructs from the Health Belief Model (HBM) public health theory methodology to help explain from a multifaceted perspective the potential barriers and facilitators to musculoskeletal/orthopedic injury and health behavior. This conceptual framework and study outcomes will also be utilized to examine a potential relationship between dysfunctional movement and health behavior outcomes. Study outcomes found a relationship between functional movement and stress as a health behavior. Additionally, a paired samples t-test for functional movement screening yielded a statistically significant relationship (P-value: 0.05) between baseline and posttests. Data outcomes would be utilized to formulate recommendations for future university health and wellness interventions.

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