Information sheet


Project overview

This research aims to evaluate the ability of an assessment tool (this survey) to accurately measure successful ageing and determine if sport participation in later life allows masters athletes to age more successfully than less active, age-matched peers.


This study aims to investigate and compare the self-rated health status of a group of masters athletes versus a group of less active and non-competing peers.

Participation procedure

Participation involves completing an online questionnaire. This questionnaire will ask you about your attitudes and beliefs concerning your perceived physical, mental, cognitive and social health. You will also be asked to indicate your current and past levels of physical activity, and provide answers to a range of demographic questions such as age and gender. The questionnaire consists of 58 items that will take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete.

Benefits and risks

By participating in this research you will be entitled to a copy of a brief report on the results of this study. This report will be sent to you if you voluntarily add your email address in the designated area at the end of the questionnaire. 

Participants will be exposed to no physical or psychological risk during this study. With the exception of the informed consent question, in which case you will not be able to complete the survey, if you feel uncomfortable about answering any particular question(s), you are free to leave them unanswered. 


All consent forms will be stored electronically in a password-protected computer or locked cabinet within the chief investigators office.


Research outcomes will be disseminated by a variety of means including general written reports for media, academic publications such as journal articles or conference papers, including a PhD thesis, and as individual reports for the participants. 


Consent is totally voluntary and will be provided by you prior to collection of any data with no consequences for non-participation or withdrawal from the study.


All feedback will be given to participants in report form. Thorough explanation can be provided through private consultation or over the phone by one of the principal investigators if desired.

Questions/further information

For further information please contact:
David Geard (PhD Candidate)
School of Medical and Applied Sciences, Building 81/1.16
CQUniversity Rockhampton QLD 4702 Australia
(07) 4923 2548 or 0409 340 350

Or Associate Professor Peter Reaburn (Principal supervisor):
0408 760 757

Concerns or complaints

If you have any concerns or complaints about the nature and/or conduct of this research project please contact CQUniversity’s Office of Research (Tel: 07 4923 2603; Email:; Mailing address: Building 32, CQUniversity, Rockhampton QLD 4702)