I am a Physiotherapist currently studying my Masters of Philosophy in Exercise and Sports Physiotherapy at the University of Cape Town. As part of my Master’s degree, I am required to conduct a research study.
I have chosen to conduct my research in the field of running and I am appealing to you, and your club, for your assistance in recruiting participants for the study. The study will be investigating the knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding the use of pain medication in runners. The study will help us to assess runners’ general knowledge of various pain medications. The information gained will allow us to see if there is a need for education regarding the safe use of pain medication in runners’.
This study has received ethical approval from the Human Research Ethics Committee, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town(HREC REF 093/2016).
The study will be conducted through an anonymous online survey and we would like to distribute the survey throughout the South African running community. The study will require a large number of participants for it to have any scientific value and significance. Therefore, it would be greatly appreciated if you would assist us by forwarding the attached recruitment advert to all of your club’s members. The advert will inform your members of the study and request their voluntary participation.
Participants will be anonymous, as there are no personal identifiers on the questionnaire, and all information will be kept confidential. Any information gained from this questionnaire will be used for the purposes of this study alone, and will remain anonymous and confidential should the findings of the study be published.
There are no risks involved in participating in this study, as there will be no physical testing or intervention.
As a benefit for participating in the study, all participants will receive an information pamphlet on the safe use of pain medication during running.
There will be no remuneration for taking part in the study, but participants may enter a competition to stand a chance to win a pair of Salomon Sonic Pro road shoes.
To be eligible to participate in the study, you are required to:
• Currently live/reside in South Africa
• Be at least 18 years of age
• Consider running to be your main sport
• Run at least one race (any distance) per year
The benefits of participating in the study include the chance to WIN a pair of Salomon Sonic Pro road shoes.
The questionnaire is accessible at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/painmedications
The closing date for the completion of the questionnaire is 31 October 2016.
Dr. Theresa Burgess and Prof. Marc Blockman will supervise the study.
Thanking you in advance for your support in assisting with our research. Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any queries.
BSc Physiotherapy (UCT)
Tel: 031 764 2918
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