October 1, 2002
Dear Coach (Director),
I would greatly appreciate your help and support in conducting a research project for my doctorate at Texas A&M University. I have included in this package an audio-taped survey for your gymnasts to listen to and answer on the forms provided. I have included a typed copy of the survey for you as well. As you will note, the questions are very easy to understand and none of them are of a sensitive nature. In fact, it is a survey that is recently getting quite a bit of attention in other sports.
The purpose of the study is to see if a difference exists in selected personality traits among the different levels of gymnasts. Although the results of the study will be made available to you upon request, individual results will not be available since the names of the subjects will not be on the survey.
The total time involved in listening to the tape and answering the questions will be less than 15 minutes. Being a coach myself, I realize that everyone is on a tight schedule, however, I feel that our sport would benefit from more research. By taking the survey by audio-tape, all gymnasts who participate may be tested at one time, altogether in your gym. I would like for all or your Optional Level gymnasts, ages 12 and older (Levels 7 – Elite) to participate in the survey. I would like to especially encourage any of your elites to participate because of the small number of elites in our country. If for any reason any of your gymnasts feel uncomfortable answering a survey please tell them that they may discontinue at any time. However, only completed surveys will be included in the data collection.
Also included in this package are “Parental Informed Consent Forms” for the parent of each gymnast under 18 years of age to sign, an “Assent Form” for each gymnast under 18 years of age to sign, and an “Consent Form” for each athlete 18 years and older to sign. Each athlete will be given two copies of each form to sign, a copy for them to keep and a copy to be sent back to me. I would just like to reiterate