Research study into reaction times - subjects wanted

Research study into reaction times - subjects wanted

Bangor University, supported by England Athletics, are looking for athletes in the North West of England who are aged 18-35 with 8 years’ experience of sprinting to take part in a research study into reaction times.  The research is into reaction times and deaf athletes, but as part of it they need to also test hearing athletes.

The project aims to inform the development of a standardised starting system (or systems) in track and field athletics for deaf and non-deaf athletes. More specifically, the project will investigate reaction time differences between hearing and non-hearing athletes, as well as between different sensory stimuli including auditory, visual, tactile and bi-modal.

The study consists of 30 sprint starts measuring reaction times using different stimulus.  The venue is Sportcity, Manchester and participants will be able to sign up to attend a 90 minute slot so will not be required all day.  At present the study is hoping to attract local athletes only.

The research aims to break down the barriers surrounding non-hearing athletes in sport and enable them to participate freely and fairly. There are millions of people in the UK who are classified as deaf or hard of hearing but as there is a significant lack in provisions and pathways for this population; increasing the opportunity for young non-hearing people to participate in sport could change the lives of many people.

For more information or to take part, prospective subjects should contact Libby Steele and complete the paperwork below.

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