Participant Information Sheet

You are being invited to take part in a research study. Before you decide whether or not to take part, it is important that you understand what the research is for and what you will be asked to do. Please read the following information and do not hesitate to ask any questions about anything that might not be clear to you. Make sure that you are happy before you decide what to do. Thank you for taking the time to consider this invitation.

What is the purpose of the Study?
The aim is to assess mental heath levels in equestrian athletes to develop awareness around the mental health challenges and strengths this group of athletes experience. The findings of this study may assist with the development of mental health programs that could be designed specifically for equestrian athletes, as well as reducing stigmas associated with mental health that may exist in the equestrian sporting world.

What do I have to do?
As a participant of this study you will be asked to complete an anonymous survey online lasting about 15 minutes asking about your day to day emotional experiences and your history and involvement in equestrian sport.

How will my data be treated and will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?
All data collected will be treated with the strictest of confidence, according to the principles outlined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR; 2018). Specifically, data will be securely stored on a password-protected/encrypted device or computer and only the named researchers will have access to this information. The anonymity and privacy of those who participate in the research will be respected. Only necessary/relevant personal information on participants will be kept and this will be held in the strictest of confidence. Anonymous codes will be used to protect the identity of participants, with all identifiable features removed.
General information may be made available upon any Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, in accordance with FOI legislation.
Privacy notice and sponsor compliance with GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018
Ulster University is the sponsor or managing organisation for this study and we will use information gathered from you and/or your records in order to carry it out. We will act as the data controller, which means that we are responsible for looking after your information and using it properly, as stipulated in GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018.
Ulster University will keep any identifiable information about you for 10 years after the study has finished/until 2029.
You can find out more about how we look after your information at:
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/about/governance/compliance/gdpr
The research participant privacy notice can be found at:
https://www.ulster.ac.uk/about/governance/compliance/gdpr/privacy

What will happen to the results of the study?
The results of this study will be used to lead further research in the area and/or publication in scientific journals and presentation at conferences. All data will be held for 10 years after study completion in accordance with the Research Governance Steering Committee.

Who has reviewed this study?
This study has been reviewed by the Ethics Committee of the Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute, Ulster University. You can contact the University Research Governance section for further details if you wish.
Contact details: Annika McGivern (MSc Student); mcgivern-a7@ulster.ac.uk; Dr. Gavin Breslin (Chief Investigator) g.breslin1@ulster.ac.uk

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* 1. I confirm that I have been given and have read and understood the information sheet to the above study and have asked and received answers to any questions raised.

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* 2. I understand that my participation is voluntary and that I am free to withdraw at any time without giving a reason and without my rights being affected in any way.

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* 3. I understand that the researchers will hold all information and data collected securely and in confidence in line with GDPR and that all efforts will be made to ensure that I cannot be identified as a participant in the study (except as might be required by law) and I give permission for the researchers to hold relevant personal data.

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* 4. I agree to take part in the above study.

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* 5. What discipline of equestrian sport is your primary focus?

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* 6. Select the athlete status that best represents you:

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* 7. Do you identify yourself as:

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* 8. How old are you?

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* 9. What gender do you identify as?

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* 10. What is your nationality?

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* 11. What country do you currently live in?

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* 12. How many years of experience do you have in equestrian sport?

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* 13. Have you had to relocate for your sport?

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* 14. Do you invest more time in your horse’s well-being than in your own well-being?

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* 15. Have you personally experienced mental illness? (i.e. depression, schizophrenia, anxiety etc.)

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* 16. Do you currently feel you have enough knowledge/tools to develop and protect your well-being and mental health in sport?

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* 17. Are you interested in learning how to improve your well-being in sport?

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* 18. When considering the following concussion-related questions, please note that losing consciousness does not always occur with a concussion. Symptoms of concussion may include (but are not limited to) dizziness, nausea, prolonged loss of focus or concentration and excessive tiredness. 

How many times do you believe you have experienced a concussion?

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* 19. How many times have you been evaluated by a medical doctor or athletic trainer for concussion?

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* 20. How many times have you lost consciousness due to concussion?

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* 21. How many times have you experienced memory loss due to concussion?

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* 22. How many times have you returned to riding the same day as experiencing a concussion?

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* 23. How many times have you returned to riding while still feeling dizzy or disorientated from a fall?

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* 24. How many times have you never reported a concussion?

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* 25. Please answer each question in this section by selecting one answer that best corresponds to how you feel the statement applies to you. 

  Strongly disagree Disagree Neutral Agree Strongly Agree
I tend to bounce back quickly after hard times.
I have a hard time making it through stressful events.
It does not take me long to recover from a stressful event.
It is hard for me to snap back when something bad happens.
I usually come through difficult times with little trouble.
I tend to take a long time to get over setbacks in my life.

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* 26. Please choose the answer that best represents your experiences and feelings.
During the past month, how often did you feel the following ways?

  Never Once or twice About once a week Two or three times a week Almost every day Every day
Happy
Interested in life
Satisfied with life
That you had something important to contribute to society
That you belonged to a community (like a social group, school, neighbourhood, etc.)

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* 27. Continued:

  Never Once or twice About once a week Two or three times a week Almost every day Every day
That our society is a good place, or is becoming a better place, for all people
That people are basically good
That the way our society works made sense to you
That you liked most parts of your personality
Good at managing the responsibilities of your daily life

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* 28. Continued:

  Never Once or twice About once a week Two or three times a week Almost every day Every day
That you had warm and trusting relationships with others
That you had experiences that challenged you to grow and become a better person
Confident to think or express your own ideas and opinions
That your life has a sense of direction or meaning to it

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* 29. Over the past two weeks how often have you been bothered by any of the following problems?

  Not at all Several days More than half the days  Nearly every day
 Little interest or pleasure in doing things.
Feeling down, depressed or hopeless.
Trouble falling asleep, staying asleep or sleeping too much.
Feeling tired or having little energy.

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* 30. Continued:

  Not at all Several days Nearly every day Every day
Poor appetite or over-eating.
Feeling bad about yourself, or that you’re a failure or have let yourself or family down.
Trouble concentrating on things such as reading the newspaper or watching television.
Moving or speaking so slowly that other people could have noticed. Or, the opposite- becoming so fidgety or restless that you have been moving around a lot more than usual.

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* 31. Continued:

  Not difficult at all Somewhat difficult  Very difficult  Extremely difficult 
If you checked off any problems, how difficult have these problems made it for you to do your work, take care of things at home, or get along with other people?
Thank you very much for taking the time to complete this survey and participate in this research. If any of the above questions left you feeling uncomfortable or interested in further information, please find several links to mental health resources below.
Also, please feel free to contact Annika McGivern at mcgivern-a7@ulster.ac.uk for further resources or information. 

Online counselling services:
https://turn2me.org/onlinecounselling

Mental Health in Equestrian Sport Information Article:
https://www.horseandhound.co.uk/features/mental-health-horse-riders-633023

Mental Health in Canada:
https://cmha.ca/

Mental Health in Ireland:
https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/

Mental Health in the U.K.:
https://www.rethink.org

Mental health in Australia:
https://mhaustralia.org/need-help

Mental health in the U.S.A.:
https://www.mentalhealthamerica.net/

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