Psychology of the Rowers Mind

1. Informed Consent

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Dear Rower,
     We are inviting you to participate in a research study that we are conducting in the School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Birmingham. This study aims to explore factors that influence rowing performance. You have been invited as you are aged 16 years or over, are a rower, and take part in competitions.
     Participation in this study involves completing an online questionnaire and two word tasks (within the questionnaire). The questionnaire asks a range of questions relating to your thoughts, feelings and actions in rowing. This study will take about 20-25 minutes to complete. The results of this study may be used in future reports such as academic journals and conference presentations. However, your responses will be part of a larger data set and your identity will be protected at all times. In other words, your data will be kept confidential and no information will be passed on to others. Participation in the study is entirely voluntary. You are free to withdraw or discontinue participation at any time and may do so without providing any reason. The deadline for your withdrawal is October 2020.
     The information gained from this study may go some way to helping us understand how rowers thoughts and mindsets may influence how they perform under the pressure of competition. For this research to be useful, it is important that you respond honestly to all questions. Many thanks for your cooperation. If you have any queries regarding this research please feel free to ask us.
     Thank you for your time and consideration to participate in the study. If you understand the purpose of the study and would like to participate, please now complete the survey to indicate your consent to participate in our study. Please make sure that you provide an answer to every item.

Furthermore, completion of the questionnaire and as a show of appreciation for your valuable time you will have the opportunity to be added to the mailing list for the results or/and to a prize draw to win £50/£50/£100 Amazon vouchers. Please follow the instructions at the end of questionnaire.

Yours Sincerely,
Christopher Ring, Professor
Katie Sparks, ESRC DTP Doctoral Student
School of Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation Sciences
Univeristy of Birmingham