You are being invited to participate in a research study about the impact of traumatic injuries on female runners’ athletic, gender, and sexual identities. This study is being conducted by Billie R. Tadros, a graduate student in the English department at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as part of her dissertation. You were selected to participate in this study because you have identified or did identify as a female runner for at least one year; because you sustained a traumatic injury that temporarily or permanently hindered your ability to run during that time and for which you sought medical treatment; and because at the time of your injury you were training to run or planning to run at least one race of at least five kilometers in distance. The researcher expects to be working on this study for approximately six to eight months and hopes to collect data from at least ten to twenty participants.

The survey will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. If you are willing or would prefer to be interviewed in person, please contact Billie Tadros before taking this survey (billie.tadros@gmail.com)

The questions for those participants engaging in in-person interviews and those participants completing the online survey will be the same. Whether you opt to be interviewed or to complete the survey, you may choose to skip or refuse to answer a question at any time. Your participation in this study is entirely voluntary, and you may discontinue your participation at any time for any reason. The researcher will use pseudonyms to ensure and maintain confidentiality. Transcribed interviews, audio recordings, and data from surveys will be stored on two locked USB drives at the conclusion of the research.

You will be asked to share narratives of how you began running and how you understand being a runner as part of your identity—your identity as a woman and as an athlete. You will also be asked to talk about how you were injured and what happened throughout your injury, recovery, rehabilitation, and, if applicable, your return to running. Your feelings about your body, about your medical treatment, and about your relationships, are relevant to this study. You will be encouraged to talk freely about all of these subjects. You will not be required to share your medical records or to identify your doctors.

There is minimal risk associated with participation in this research study. (You may risk emotional discomfort discussing your injury and the ways that it has affected you as a woman and athlete, but you may choose to skip or refuse to answer a question at any time, and you may choose to withdraw your consent at any time.) There are no costs to you for participating. The information you provide will be used to discuss how female runners understand their athletic, gender, and sexual identities after traumatic injuries, and how this discussion is relevant and useful to feminist theory and gender and sexuality studies. The information collected may not benefit you directly, though the researcher hopes that the process of sharing injury and recovery narratives may be constructive for some participants. The researcher also hopes that this section of her dissertation will respond to an absence of theorizing of female injured and reconstructed running bodies and a lack of research on female runners who have suffered injuries.  

If you have any questions about this research or your participation in the study, you are welcome to call Institutional Review Board Chair Dr. David Yarbrough at (337) 482-1015 and/or the researcher Ms. Billie Tadros at (201) 919-0858 at UL at Lafayette. We will make every effort to answer your questions.

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1. CONSENT: Please type your name and the date below. This will serve as your electronic signature. 

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2. RELEASE: Please indicate below your initial requests regarding how you would like to provide information for the study and how the researcher may use materials from your interview or survey. (You may change these requests at any time.) Please select all that apply. 

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