George’s Research Project

Consent Form

Name of Research: George Amaechi

Contact details:

E-mail (Researcher): GeorgeAmaechi@swindon.ac.uk

E-mail (Lecturer): louisefisher@swindon.ac.uk

Proposal of Study:

DOES THE USE OF FREE WEIGHT EXERCISE PROVIDE GREATER RANGE OF MOVEMENT AT THE KNEE THAN RESISTANCE MACHINE EXERCISE?

Thank you for considering to participate in this research project. This research project has been set up as an essential final piece of work that will contribute to the third year of my BSc Honours Degree in Sports Therapy. Please ensure that you read this information sheet carefully before deciding whether to partake in this research project.

Aim of the study 

This study has be created to identify which forms of exercise between free weight exercises or resistance machine exercises provide greater range of movement at the knee. Having greater range of movement would be crucial for athletes who lack range of movement due previous injury or surgery.

Participants required 

I have selected you on the basis that you meet the criteria of being an amateur sportsmen, fit enough to partake in physical activity.

The procedure of this study

If you agree to participate in this study you will be required to attend the Blunsdon Hotel gym, located in Swindon, once a week every Thursday evening. The gym sessions will last for 2 hours and will include a warm up, main session and a cool down; stretching exercises will be included in the warm up and cool down. Each participant will use both the barbell squat and the horizontal leg press machine in the main session, but during different times of the week. In addition, pre and post measurements of the knee shall be taken from each participant, to examine if there is a difference in the range of movement after each exercise. Participants will be given a week to rest in between each testing sessions.

A week before the actual experiment, participants will be obligated to come into the gym for a familiarisation session, which will last for 1 hour 30 minutes. This will give participants the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the two forms of exercises.  Additionally the one repetition max (1RM) as well as the age, height, weight and body mass index of each participant will be noted down. In both the familiarisation week and testing weeks the participants will perform 1 set of 10 repetitions at 60% of their 1RM on each exercise. During the familiarisation session, the participants will have a 2 minute rest before starting the next exercise. For example once a participant has performed 1 set of 10 repetitions at 60% of 1RM on the barbell, there will be a 2 minute rest before the participant can do the same thing on the horizontal leg press machine.

Participants will be required to wear suitable clothing such as shorts, t-shirt and trainers; due to health and safety all forms of jewellery must be taken off during the experiment. Additionally participants must bring a bottle of water with them to maintain hydration during the physical exercises.

Advantages and disadvantages of the study 

Participants may have an increase in their general fitness, thus potentially increasing sports performance. The disadvantage is the possibility of becoming injured from performing the exercises. To prevent the occurrence of injury all participants will partake in a warm up, stretching exercises and a cool down. This would increase the blood flow to the working muscles as well as increase the muscle elasticity, thus decreasing the risk of injuries such as muscle strains. Furthermore during the familiarisation session, the researcher will ensure that the participants perform both exercises using the correct technique therefore reducing the risk of injury.

Withdrawal from the project

For any reason at all, each participant can withdraw from the project at any time and your decision will be respected

Data collected in the project 

Participants will remain anonymous. Information such as age, weight, height and body mass index will appear in the actual research as well as the pre and post knee measurement.

Data will be recorded and stored in a password protected computer and I would be the only one who has access to it. Participants are welcomed to request individual data. Results of this study will be published but participates anonymity will be sustained.

Location of Research

Blunsdon Hotel, Blunsdon, Swindon SN26 7AS

Any enquiries

In case of any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to ask or contact me via email.

I have read the above information, and have understood everything that it contains. I have had the opportunity to ask questions and I am satisfied with the answers I have received. I consent voluntarily to participate in this research project understanding that I can withdraw at any time.

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