Athlete Survey – University of Ottawa

Last year, we reached you regarding an online and anonymous survey study with athletes aged 14-17. You kindly accepted to collaborate with us and we really appreciate it.

At this point, we would have loved to present you some interesting conclusions from our findings. However, because we have to go through multiple filters (club approval, parental consent, athlete agreeing to participate) in order to ethically collect our data, recruiting has been a challenge and we have not reached our minimal participation rate yet.

The good news is that with just a little help from each club we might get there! If each club helps us recruit 3 athletes more by April 13, we will be able to proceed to the analysis phase.

So, we would like to ask you to please forward the link below to at least 3 of your athletes’ parents and encourage them to provide consent (2 min) for their children to participate.

As a reminder, here is some information about our study.

Researchers found that people differ in the extent to which they consider the distant consequences of their immediate actions. For example, individuals who consider the long-term implications of their behaviours tend to take better care of their health, exercise more, and have a better GPA compared to those who consider more immediate outcomes.

Because athletic improvement is often a long-term result of several years of dedicated practice, we have good reasons to believe that the tendency to consider long-term consequences has a strong influence on athletes’ ability to persist through challenges in the present in order to develop their athletic skills in the long run.

To find out if our reasoning is sound, we need your valuable collaboration. With your help, this research will allow us to understand how athletes manage their motivation and training demands over time. We will then be able to inform coaches about how to best help athletes persist through challenges in their athletic development and ultimately in life.

Once again, thank you so much for your interest and great help with our study.

In our next email, we hope to bring you some interesting implications derived from our findings!

Kind regards,


Rafael A. B. Tedesqui

PhD student
School of Human KineticsUniversity of Ottawa
125 University St., Room 416B
Ottawa, ON, Canada K1N 6N5
Tel: +1 (819) 209-7726


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