I am James Birnie and I am a student at the University of Portsmouth, currently studying MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology.
This study is concerned with the long-term psychological effects following a return from injury. Studying the positive responses following a return from injury is important as it gives clinicians a better understanding of when athletes may be experiencing growth, and at what phases of growth they can target to increase it. Participation in the research would require you to complete a questionnaire at three-time points over the next 12 weeks.
To be eligible to participate you will need to have been injured during training or competition. You will need to have returned from your injury within the past 4 weeks and the injury will need to have stopped you from playing sport for a minimum of 2 weeks.
You have been invited to take part in the current study because you have returned to sport in the last 4 weeks following an injury and are eligible to take part. Alongside yourself, the aim is to recruit approximately 100 participants, all of whom will have recently returned from injury.
It is quite possible that you do not report any growth or perceived benefits following your injury. This is completely normal, and you do not need to feel worried if you do not experience any growth. If you do feel distressed for reasons mentioned or due to other reasons, please contact the researcher who will be able to provide details of support services that may be useful.
Although there may be no direct personal benefits from participating in the study, we hope that the results from the study may have wider implications for prompting positive responses to injuries in the future.
The data, when made anonymous, may be presented to others at academic conferences, or published as a project report, academic dissertation or in academic journals or book. The raw data, which would identify you, will not be passed to anyone outside the study team without your express written permission. The exception to this will be any regulatory authority which may have the legal right to access the data for the purposes of conducting an audit or enquiry, in exceptional cases. These agencies treat your personal data in confidence.
The raw data will be retained for up to 10 years. When it is no longer required, the data will be disposed of securely.
Dr Richard Thelwell Department / School of Sport and Exercise Science,University of Portsmouth,Spinnaker Building,Cambridge RoadPortsmouth PO1 2EFE: firstname.lastname@example.org P: 023 9284 5164
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