Goals of the Study

Get good information regarding injury rates and the severity of injuries in action sports athletes.

Learn how and when action sport athletes seek medical attention.

Begin to better understand the attitude and culture within the action sports community.

By learning about these factors ultimately make medical care for these athletes better and participation in these sports as safe as possible.

Thank you for taking the time to help us learn more about your sport.

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* 1. I understand that my participation in this survey:

Is completely voluntary,
That I may quit at any point in time without penalty
There is no monetary compensation for my participation,
The survey will take me approximately 15-20 minutes to complete

Since the survey asks questions about injury and medical history, there is a minor possibility that this information would be upsetting to me. I am free to quit this survey at any point, including for the reason, that any of the medical questions cause me undue mental upset. The likelihood of this is minimal, as the questions within this survey are similar to those that would be asked of you when you are seeking medical care. So it is information that you have most likely given once, and possibly many times over the course of your athletic career.

Once I have begun the study, I will not be allowed to skip questions because all of the questions are very important and relationships between how I answer a series of questions is also very important. The researchers would rather have fewer athletes answer all the questions than have more athletes complete only some of the questions, which is the reason for this decision. Thank you for your understanding that quality over quantity matters a great deal to us.

My personal information will remain confidential and only be accessible to the university research staff for this project. My name is not collected as part of the data, and age is determined by month and year only.

If I have questions regarding this survey I should contact the person in charge of this study, Dr. Christine Lo Bue-Estes, at clobueestes@mercyhurst.edu

By checking the "consent" box below I agree that all of the following are true:
I am 18 years of age or older
If I am between 13 and 17 years old, that I have permission from my parent or legal guardian to participate in this study
(If you are under 13 years of age you are not eligible to participate in this particular study, sorry)
That I am participating of my own free will

Research at Mercyhurst University which involves human participants is overseen by the Institutional Review Board. Questions or problems regarding your rights as a participant should be addressed to Mr. Timothy Harvey; Institutional Review Board Chair; Mercyhurst College; 501 East 38th Street; Erie, Pennsylvania 16546-0001; Telephone (814) 824-3372