Date of Award


Degree Type

Honors College Thesis

Academic Program

Kinesiology BS


Human Performance and Recreation; Kinesiology

First Advisor

Melissa Ziegler, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Rebecca Holland, Ph.D.

Advisor Department

Human Performance and Recreation; Kinesiology


The COVID-19 pandemic was one that affected everyone in some way. From mandatory lockdowns to vaccinations, the pandemic took a toll on everyone. This study focused on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic’s mandates on undergraduate college students’ rate of physical activity prior, during, and after the pandemic. A sample of 41 college students was recruited via student email. Participants were of all races, ages, and male and female, and they answered questions determining how the pandemic affected them in their physical activity routine, if applicable. As hypothesized, many individuals’ physical activity routine was interrupted because of the mandates from the COVID-19 pandemic. From this, studies could include surveying college students who allowed the pandemic to interrupt their physical activity routines, in an effort to gain an understanding as to their motives for doing so. This study would lead to a better understanding of how to appeal to individuals’ motivations and possibly increase their rate of physical activity.