Anterior Cruciate Ligaments
By Alexis Jenkins
Alexis Jenkins definitely is very active from the start. Sports have always been her passion; growing up, you could always catch her outside at the softball field playing with her high school, tournament team, or family. This all was until she had an almost career-ending injury occur not just once but twice. Luckily, she could continue to play two years of college softball, but she always wondered why tearing your ACL, also known as your Anterior Cruciate Ligament, was such a big deal. Now years later, she is a Senior here at Millersville studying Sports Journalism. After graduation, she plans to work her way into the ESPN world to eventually become an ESPN Broadcast Journalist.
My name is Rachel Heckman and I am a speech communications major with a concentration in communication studies and a minor in psychology. I am a senior at Millersville University and I began this project as a result of a research paper that I wrote in COMM 301. I really enjoyed and still enjoy researching various topics regarding nonverbal communication. Taking my parents divorce into consideration, I wondered if nonverbal communication, such as body language and other signals, play a role in the longevity of romantic relationships. As a person aspiring to be a pastor, I wanted to do this research to better educate myself for my future parishioners. Through this research, I wanted to achieve my goal of finding just how much negative nonverbals impact a relationship. I reached the conclusion that nonverbals can impact the relationship as many couples depend on facial expressions and voice inflections to indicate if their partner is angry, upset, or happy during a conversation. In the future, I would like to do a longitudinal study with a couple decades in between. This will hopefully give me the results I desire to see if nonverbals impact the longevity of the relationship. I will use this content to help guide the couples I will be interacting with in marriage counseling. In addition, I will use these skills to help guide my own future relationships, romantic and unromantic.