Concussion management in amateur sports

Participants Information
1. I agree that I have read the information and I am aware of the purpose and possible risks of this study
Yes, I agree to all aspects of the survey and want to take part.  
No, I do not want to take part.  

Please read the information below carefully.

Invitation to participate in a survey 

We would like to invite you to join our research survey. Before you make a decision, it is important for you to understand why the study is being carried out, and what it will involve. Please take your time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with your partner, relatives or friends if you wish. Please feel free to email us if there is anything that is not clear or if you would like more information. 

What is the purpose of the survey? 

The purpose of this survey is to examine the knowledge and awareness of concussion in amateur athletes, and how concussion is managed in this population. 

Why have I been chosen to fill out this survey? 

You have been chosen because you are part of a registered amateur team/club who have agreed to participate in our research. We are asking people who play amateur sports to take part in this survey, whether or not you have had a concussion in the past. 

Do I have to take part? 

It is absolutely your decision whether you would like to take part in this survey. If you decide to take part in the survey you can still stop it at any time. A decision to withdraw from the survey at any time or a decision not to take part in the survey will not affect you in any way. 

How do I consent to take part in the survey? 

By completing the survey, we will assume that you have provided your consent to take part in the survey and its data analysis. 

What will the survey involve if I take part? 

If you take part in the survey, you will be asked a series of questions about your knowledge and experience about concussion. It should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. 

What are the possible disadvantages or risks of taking part in the survey? 

This is a low-risk study. One potential risk may be feeling uncomfortable while answering the questions. However, you will be free to stop the survey at any time. 

What are the possible benefits of taking part in the survey? 

In participating in this study, you would be helping us understand the current state of concussion awareness and management, allowing for future health promotion in this very important area. 

Will my taking part in this survey be kept confidential? 

Yes. We will not collect information such as name, date of birth or any such identifying features. Your responses will be stored on a secure database which can only accessed by the members of the research team. 

All electronic data will be held on a secure database on a password-protected computer and on University College London's password-protected secure electronic network. All electronic data will be stored at University College London for 10 years. 

Will my doctor be informed? 

No. As we will not be asking you for any personal details we will not be able to let anyone know that you have taken part in the survey. 

What will happen if I don’t want to carry on with the survey? 

If you don't want to carry on with the survey, you will be free to stop it at any time, without having to give a reason.  

What will happen to the results of the survey? 

At the end of the study, we will analyse all of your information with other participants' information. We might then publish our findings in an academic journal and at relevant conferences. If you wish to receive  a summary of these findings we will be happy to send it to you once completed. As we will not be asking you for any personal details you will not be identified in any publication arising from this survey. 

Who is organising and funding the research? 

The research is sponsored by University College London. 

Who has reviewed the study? 

All UCL research is looked at by an independent group of people, called a Research Ethics Committee in order to protect participants’ safety, rights, well-being and dignity.  

Who can I contact for further information? 

You can contact the research supervisor Dr Courtney Kipps, if you have any questions or require any further information about this survey. His details are: Dr Courtney Kipps, Consultant Sports Physician, UCL, c.kipps@ucl.ac.uk  

What if there is a problem? 

If there is a problem or if you have any concerns about the way you have been approached or treated in this survey, then please contact Dr. Courtney Kipps on the contact details above. 

What if I have a complaint about this survey? 

If you have a complaint about this study or are unhappy or dissatisfied about any aspect of your participation, we would ask you to tell us about this in the first instance, so that we can try to resolve any concerns and find a solution. 

Thank you for considering taking part in this survey.