Introduction to the Survey

Purpose of the study

You are invited to complete this survey via as a result of your involvement in cycle racing. The survey aims to determine what athletes, coaches, managers and other team personnel know about the signs and symptoms of concussion injuries and their attitudes towards the reporting of such injuries.

Do I have to take part?

No. Participation in this study is entirely voluntary and it is up to you to decide whether or not you take part. Consent to participate in this study is implied by completion of the survey.

What is involved if I take part?

Completion of the survey will be confidential and anonymous. To prevent IP addresses from being recorded the survey has been set up with ‘IP Tracking’ disabled. Therefore we will not be able to determine your location. You will be required to complete a series of questions in fours sections. These will determine your demographic background such as age, gender, cycling discipline/role (no data will be collected that will enable identification of the respondent), knowledge of concussion symptoms and attitudes towards concussion. Given the anonymous nature of the survey, completion will not affect team selections or your right to compete or your positional role within the cycling community.

What are the benefits to me taking part?

There are no immediate benefits from taking part, though completion of the survey will help us determine the level of knowledge of concussion within cycling and aid in the development of concussion management protocols and education programmes.

What will happen to the information you collect?

Upon completion of data collection, data will be downloaded from the website and stored on password protected computers for a period of 5 years. Data from the survey may accessed by any member of the research team including those collaborators outside the UK and European Economic Areas. Access to the data will be via a link to the survey forwarded to the research team. Again, as IP address tracking will be disabled, it will not be possible to determine your location. The survey itself will also be password protected and only accessible by the research team. The results will be written up for publication in peer reviewed journals and academic conference presentations. 

Please be aware that as SurveyMonkey is located on an American server, data are subject to American Homeland Security laws such as the Patriot Act; however, please be assured no identifying information will be collected.

Complaints procedure

If you have any concerns or complaints about any aspect of this study, you should ask to speak to the research team who will do their best to answer your questions. Alternatively, or if you do not feel comfortable speaking with the research team, you should direct your query/complaint to the university ethics officer at

Thank you for taking the time to read this and please following the instruction for completion below.

Dr Howard Hurst
Senior Lecturer in Sport Science
University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Survey Instructions

Please take your time and answer all questions independently and honestly to the best of your ability. If at any point you decide that you no longer wish to participate in this survey, simply close your web browser and your responses will be deleted. Once the survey has been completed it will not be possible to delete your responses and all complete data will be used, anonymously, for final analyses.

This survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.