Research team contacts

Principal Researcher:

Professor Karen Sullivan, School of Psychology & Counselling, QUT

What is the purpose of this research?

The purpose of this research project is to understand people’s views about the media portrayal of sports concussion, and how this portrayal might affect a person’s views about this injury.  The media portrayal of concussion has been a focus of recent public discussion, and guidelines have been developed to support this reporting. We do not yet know the extent to which this portrayal affects people’s views of concussion and whether, for example, it can alter people’s perceptions of its seriousness. This online questionnaire study investigates these issues.

Are you looking for people like me?

The research team is inviting people aged 18 years of over to participate in this study.

What will you ask me to do?

Your participation will involve completing a 40-minute online questionnaire about the media portrayal of sports concussion. This study involves reading a short (200-250 word) media report about an athlete who is concussed when playing sport, and then answering some questions, such as do you agree or disagree that sport concussion media portrayal is changing sport for the better.

There are six versions of the survey, and you will be asked to complete one version of the survey.

Are there any risks for me in taking part?

minimal personal discomfort from reading about concussion or considering your own concussion history

minor inconvenience because you will be volunteering your time to participate.

It should be noted that if you do agree to participate you can withdraw from participation in the research project without comment or penalty.

Are there any benefits for me in taking part?

It is expected that this research project will not directly benefit you. However, this research may benefit the field by contributing further knowledge about how the media portrayal of sports concussion affects injury perceptions.  In the longer term the community may benefit; for example, if the findings support changed reporting practices and this in turn promotes improved injury reporting and management.

Will I be compensated for my time?

To recognise your contribution, should you choose to participate you will have the chance to win one of two $100 shopping vouchers (e.g., Visa brand); or if you are from the research participation pool (SONA) you will be eligible to receive course credit (1% for survey completion).

I am interested - what should I do next?

If you are interested in participating in this study, and you will be seeking SONA credit, please click here.

Otherwise, please click here to access the survey.

Thank you for considering this study.

QUT Ethics Number: QUT Ethics Approval Number: 5567