I (Samantha Downs) am currently recruiting participants for my university research project. I am studying Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moores University and I’m particularly interested in working with Special Needs children when I graduate in 2011. The title of my research project is ‘The life history of physical activity in Down syndrome children’. Due to the lack of literature around physical activity engagement specifically looking at children with Down’s syndrome, I am particularly interested to see the various involvement children with Down syndrome have in relation to physical activity throughout their life to date. The information sheet provided includes any information you might want about the project itself and contact details if you have any queries.
I aim to recruit 10 – 20 participants for this study; participants should be between the age of 8 – 21 years and as mentioned above are Down syndrome. This is a simple study and will not require much input from the participant, initially you as the parent/guardian will be asked to complete a questionnaire this will be about your family as a unit relating to physical activity. Secondly I will conduct an interview directing questions at yourselves and your child together, allowing any of you to answer the questions. Results from this study could be vitally important for future researchers and interventions to be implemented in order to benefit the Down syndrome population, and therefore participation would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter, I hope it is of interest to you if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask contact me via email, phone or text details given above. Also if you can let me know if you are interested in getting involved within the study please contact me ASAP so I can forward appropriate information. I look forward to hearing from you.
School of Sport and Exercise Science
Liverpool John Moores University