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Participant Information Sheet 

Version 1


Study title:

A study to describe the incidence and nature of sports related injuries in fell runners


Brooks Building, MMU

Ethics committee ref.:


Lead investigator:

Catherine Slater

Contact phone number:




You are invited to take part in a study on the incidences of typical injuries in Fell runners.  Whether or not you take part is your choice, participation is entirely voluntary. 

This Participant Information Sheet will help you decide if you’d like to take part.  It sets out why we are doing the study, what your participation would involve, what the benefits and risks to you might be, and what would happen after the study ends.  We will go through this information with you and answer any questions you may have.

You do not have to decide today whether or not you will participate in this study. Before you decide you may want to talk about the study with other people, such as family, friends, or healthcare providers.  Feel free to do this.

If you agree to take part in this study and you continue in completing the questionnaire, the completion of the questionnaire will itself imply your consent.  You can be emailed a copy of both the Participant Information Sheet and the Consent Form to keep on request.

Please make sure you have read and understood all the information provided.


What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of this study is to help inform future Physiotherapy practice and management of fell running injuries. Currently, it is unknown from the literature what the most common injuries are in fell running specifically. Looking at trail running, we know that the Achilles Tendon and the lower back are common areas for injury.

This will be the first study conducted on fell running therefore it is imperative a thorough understanding is obtained of the type of injuries fell runners sustain. This will allow us to explore those injuries further in future research ultimately optimising the management and rehabilitation of fell runners.

Fell running can involve large forces particularly on steep descents, often on uneven and challenging terrain which differs from other forms of running such as road running. Therefore, injuries sustained in fell running may be very different to the types of injuries sustained in road and track running.


This study has been reviewed by the HPSC Faculty Research Ethics Committee, MMU.

If you have any questions, please contact myself at:


What will my participation in the study involve?

You have been chosen as you are a fell runner, over the age of 18 who has sustained an injury in the last 12 months.

For this study, you will be asked to complete a short, online questionnaire taking no longer than 10 minutes to complete. The results of which will be anonymous.

It is up to you to decide whether to take part in the study. If you decide to take part, completing the questionnaire will imply your consent

The study involves a short questionnaire about how long you have been a fell runner, your history of injury and the effect this injury has had on your running. There will also be a short section asking about demographics such as gender, age, height, and weight. You will be anonymous at all times.


What are the possible benefits and risks of this study?

There are no direct risks, however, if you feel any distress, please contact your GP or NHS Direct.

The benefits of completing this questionnaire will be aiding our understanding of injuries specific to fell running. This may lead to future research which may enhance the management and rehabilitation of fell runners specifically.


Who pays for the study?

By participating in this study, you will not incur any costs.


What if I have any concerns of Questions about the study?

If you have any concerns about the study you may get in touch with me or my supervisor at any time.


Michael Callaghan


What are my rights?

You are free to decline participation in this study without experiencing any disadvantage.

No personal information will be collected. There will be no identifiable details requested from you therefore you will not be identified in any report or publication. Confidentiality will therefore be maintained at all times.


What happens after the study?

When the study is finished, if you wish to receive a copy of the findings of the study, I can send you a summary if you contact me directly at no cost.

The study may be published in a journal if appropriate.


Who do I contact for more information or if I have concerns?

If you have any questions, concerns or complaints about the study at any stage, you can contact:

Dr Peter Goodwin

Unit Leader

Brooks Building Birley Campus

Manchester Metropolitan University


Telephone: 0161 247 2941


If you want to talk to someone who isn’t involved with the study, you can contact an independent health and disability advocate on:

Phone:             0800 555 050
Fax:                 0800 2 SUPPORT (0800 2787 7678)


You can also contact the health and disability ethics committee (HDEC) that approved this study on:


            Phone:             0800 4 ETHICS



Thank you.