EXPLORATION OF THE PSYCHOLOGICAL EFFECTS OF HEART RATE MONITOR USE DURING EXERCISE

PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR: Melissa Marotta, MS-II, University of Vermont College of Medicine, STAR 3 Spinning Instructor, MDA, Certified Personal Trainer, American Council on Exercise

You are being invited to take part in a research study. This study is being conducted by the University of Vermont College of Medicine. The purpose of this study is to assess the thoughts and experiences that individuals may have while exercising with heart rate monitors.

You will be asked to answer a series of questions about what you think about while you exercise with your heart rate monitor, which should take approximately ten minutes to complete. You should respond with your “gut” responses that immediately come to mind after reading each question.

All information you provide is anonymous. Your participation in this study is fully voluntary and you may choose not to participate.

The results of the investigation may be published. The information obtained during this study is confidential and your identity will remain anonymous in any publications.

If you have any questions concerning your participation please contact Melissa Marotta at melissa.marotta@uvm.edu or (646) 957-4836.

Questions concerning your rights as a participant in this research can be directed to Nancy Stalnaker, Director of the Research Protections Office at the University of Vermont in 245 South Park/ Suite 900, UVM, (802) 656-5040.

Your consent to participate is implied upon the completion of the survey.

* 1. In what state/province (or, if outside the US/Canada, what country) do you live?

* 2. How long have you worn a heart rate monitor during exercise?

* 3. During which activities have you worn a heart rate monitor? (i.e., running, indoor cycling, outdoor cycling, swimming, other - please be specific).

* 4. What prompted you to start exercising with a HRM? Please be specific.

* 5. Please comment on what you think about while you are exercising with a HRM. Remember, you can talk about both fitness- and non-fitness related thoughts that you might have.

* 6. If you ever exercise without a HRM, what's different? What do you think about when you exercise without your HRM?

* 7. How does your HRM use relate to (fitness-related and fitness-unrelated) thoughts you have about yourself?

* 8. How does your HRM use relate to thoughts you have about your self-confidence?

* 9. Do you ever have thoughts while wearing your HRM that extend beyond exercise?

Please comment on any thoughts you have while you're NOT exercising that relate to your experiences with your HRM.

* 10. Any further comments not listed above that relate to your experience with having a HRM in your life? How has your life (including your non-fitness life) changed since you started using a HRM?

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