Health, Physical Education & Sport Sciences


BW Senior Studies the Science of Competitive Jump Rope

Jen Evans '13, blended athletic skills with her BW studies through a competitive live-in research program called Summer Scholars.

A jump rope multi-time Grand National Champion and two-time World Medalist, Evans participated in a 10-week research project last summer. It focused on whether competitive jump ropers have a better bio-mechanical jump-landing technique than those who participate in other sports.

At the time, she was a junior. Her majors include pre-physical therapy and public health.

“The best speed jumpers jump well over three-hundred times per minute,” Evans said relating her sport with her research study. For the study, she partnered with BW health and physical education faculty member Amy Jo Sutterluety. 

The Summer Scholars program enables students to pursue a research or creative project of their design under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Scholars live together on campus and regularly share their varied research within and outside the Summer Scholars community. The program is enriched by seminars and field trips.

A Strongsville resident Evans has been a member of the Heartbeats Jump Rope Team based in Medina, Ohio. Her jump rope career has taken her to competitions and events worldwide.  Locally, Evans has performed at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland Cavalier’s games and nationally at events such as the Macy’s Day Parade.

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