A Longitudinal Study of Growth Following Injury
Name and Contact Details of Researcher(s): James Birnie – UP701355@myport.ac.uk
Name and Contact Details of Supervisor: Daniel Brown – daniel.brown@port.ac.uk
Invitation to study
I would like to invite you to take part in my research study. Joining the study is entirely up to you, before you decide I would like you to understand why the research is being done and what it would involve for you. I will go through this information sheet with you, to help you decide whether or not you would like to take part and answer any questions you may have. I would suggest this should take about 5 minutes. Please feel free to talk to others about the study if you wish. Do ask if anything is unclear.

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.

What is the purpose of the study?
The purpose of the study is to examine stress related growth longitudinally, following a return from injury over multiple time-points. Thus, you would be required to complete a questionnaire for a second and third time in 6 and 12 weeks time.

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.

Potential risks and advantages
Upon filling out the growth questionnaire, you will be asked to reflect on an injury that you have previously sustained. It is possible that if the injury was severe enough to induce strong negative emotions at the time of it occurring, then reflecting on the injury may be sensitive.

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 raw data, which identifies you, will be kept securely by the lead researcher on the University’s N drive. To protect your anonymity, you will be asked to create a unique identification code which will be used to identify your data. Contact details provided by participants will be kept securely and all contact details will be deleted once you have ceased participating in the study (either through withdrawal or completion of data points). Data will be collected either by hard copy which will be transferred onto an Excel spreadsheet, or online which will also be transferred onto an Excel spreadsheet. All hard copies of data will be thereafter destroyed.

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.

Withdrawing from the study
As a volunteer you can stop any participation at any time, or withdraw from the study at any time before date analysis, without giving a reason if you do not wish to. If you do withdraw from the study after some data has been collected you will be asked if you are content for the data collected thus far to be retained and included in the study. If you prefer, the data collected can be destroyed and not included in the study. Once the research has been completed, and the data analysed, it will not be possible for you to withdraw your data from the study.
Any problems?
If you have a query, concern or complaint about any aspect of this study, in the first instance you should contact the researcher if appropriate. If the researcher is a student, there will also be an academic member of staff listed as the supervisor whom you can contact. If there is a complaint and there is a supervisor listed, please contact the Supervisor with details of the complaint. The contact details for both the researcher and any supervisor are detailed on page 1.
If your concern or complaint is not resolved by the researcher or their supervisor, you should contact the Head of Department:

Dr Richard Thelwell
Department / School of Sport and Exercise Science,
University of Portsmouth,
Spinnaker Building,
Cambridge Road
E: richard.thelwell@port.ac.uk
P: 023 9284 5164

If the complaint remains unresolved, please contact:
The University Complaints Officer
023 9284 3642 complaintsadvice@port.ac.uk

None of the researchers or study staff will receive any financial reward by conducting this study, other than their normal salary / bursary as an employee / student of the University.
Who has reviewed the study?
Research involving human participants is reviewed by an ethics committee to ensure that the dignity and well-being of participants is respected. This study has been reviewed by the SERC 2018-022 Faculty Ethics Committee and has been given favourable ethical opinion
Thank you
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