2017 Student Research Conference:
30th Annual Student Research Conference

Vocal Cord Dysfunction Among Collegiate Swimmers

Abigail Ohlms* and Janessa Richardson
Dr. Amy Teten, Faculty Mentor

This project looks to increase awareness and knowledge of vocal cord dysfunction (VCD) in college athletes as a result of an education program regarding VCD. VCD is characterized by spontaneous closing of the vocal cords. VCD can be misdiagnosed as asthma due to similarities in triggers and symptoms. VCD is sometimes triggered by exercise, therefore athletes may benefit from education on how VCD differs from asthma. Participants will take a pre-test with questions relating to VCD and asthma. An educational program will then be presented to the athletes regarding VCD and asthma. After the educational program, the same questions in the form of a post-test will be administered. Results will be analyzed to determine the effects of the education on the knowledge of VCD. An increase in awareness and understanding of the characteristics of VCD is expected. 

Keywords: Vocal Cord Dysfunction, Asthma, Athletes , Respiration, Swimmers , Educational Program

Topic(s):Communication Disorders

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 8-
Location: GEO - SUB

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