Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Health and Sport Sciences

Degree Program

Exercise Physiology, MS

Committee Chair

King, Kristi M.

Committee Member

Jaggers, Jason R.

Committee Member

Della, Lindsay

Author's Keywords

Diabetes mellitus; type 1 diabetes; hemoglobin A1c; glucose; sport; team sport


This study’s purpose was to determine a possible difference in hemoglobin A1c levels and sport participation in children with type 1 diabetes. Patients with provided consent via an iPad electronic informed consent/assent (preamble) completed a physical activity and sport participation survey. The survey was linked to their medical chart including demographic and diabetes medical history (e.g. HbA1c). The analyses provided a sample of 120 participants, 40 in the no sport participation group and 78 in the sport participation group with 56 females and 64 males, with an average age12.94±2.8 years. An independent sample t-test, removing one outlier from the sport participation group, showed no statistically significant difference in HbA1c levels for children who participated in sports (M = 8.61, SD = 1.61) versus those who did not participate in sports (M = 9.03, SD = 2.24); t(115) = 1.36, p= .178. Although the data showed no statistical significance, important clinical implications were discovered.