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Seeking research participants

Professor Ann Barnfield is trying to find research participants for a study on the effects of participation in online exercise/physical activity sessions. She wonders the fit feminist blog community can help.

Here is the description of her project: “There is now much evidence that involvement in in exercise/physical activity has benefits both mentally and physically, and group activities can have social benefits. During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, however, such activities have been severely restricted, and even banned outright. Physical health would be maintained to at least some extent by solitary exercise, but the social and psychological effects might be affected. There is some information showing  that being able to see, and maybe to speak to, others (instructor, fellow participants), during exercise/physical activity sessions is of benefit to individuals, but there is at present little actual research into the effects of socially/physically distanced sport and exercise sessions. I propose to survey online physical activity/exercise session participants to see what the effects of such participation are, and thus am writing to you.”

Here’s the official request:

Dear Activity Participant,

You are being invited to participate in a study that Anne Barnfield, a researcher from Brescia University College, at the University of Western Ontario, is conducting to investigate the effects of participation in online exercise/physical activity sessions for those who take part in such sessions.

Briefly, the study involves completing an online survey about your experiences with participation in online exercise/physical activity sessions. It is anticipated that it should take about 15 to 20 minutes to complete the survey. If you would like to participate in this study, please click on the link below to access the letter of information and survey link.

Survey Link

Thank you for considering this request.

Yours sincerely,

Anne Barnfield, DPhil.

School of Behavioural and Social Sciences,

Department of Psychology,

Brescia University College

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