Versus Arthritis Centre for Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis
University of Nottingham

Rugby paper published in Research Involvement and Engagement

Lead author, Madi Davies, Centre PhD student, is delighted that their paper 'The consultation of rugby players in co-developing a player health study: feasibility and consequences of sports participants as research partners' has been published in Research Involvement and Engagement.

Plain English Summary

Many funding bodies within the United Kingdom and globally have encouraged public involvement in research. The Department of Health has also called public involvement a sign of good research. Despite the wide acceptance of public involvement improving many aspects of research, from its design to its communication, involvement has varied levels of implementation across different fields of research. Sports people have rarely been involved in research, partly as this research tends not to be funded by mainstream funding bodies. This may lead to a lower research quality, not founded in player (‘service user’) experiences.

When creating a study of former rugby player health, we were very keen to involve rugby players, understand their thoughts on player health, and their playing experiences. This article explains how rugby players were involved in several ways, but mainly in group discussions during the design stage. These groups helped to inform our study’s aims and questionnaire, ensure the questionnaire would capture player experiences and answer questions relevant to players, that they would like to understand after their participation in rugby.

We found that these groups were easy to arrange, and that in only one session with each group, we were given many ideas of how to improve the questionnaire and study. We believe that other studies in sports should involve sports people, and that this is a useful activity that will change data collection forms and processes, improving the research, helping researchers, and making studies more suitable for players who take part in them.

Full Article

The full article can be accessed via the Research Involvement and Engagement website.

Posted on Wednesday 10th May 2017