Volunteers Needed Research Study for a
Be in a study run by ASU . Sign up dates and registration available at www.mountainalliance.org
BENEFITS •$30 For Completing the
Sign up by 09/08/10
An optional information meeting will be held during the regular Mountain Alliance meeting time for participants who have signed up
•Learn about GEOCACHING and using handheld GPS devices by participating in a high tech treasure hunting game
Thursday, 9-9, 6pm Sponsored by the Mountain Alliance Club
•Sign up with your friends and spend time outdoors
Requirements: 1. Be a student at Watauga High 2. Attend 3 (1 hour) sessions 3. Be able to participate in moderate to vigorous activity 4. No prior use of GPS technology required 5. Sign up and turn in consent forms from you and your parents by September 8th
GPS: Global Positioning System is a navigational system involving satellites and computers that can determine the latitude and longitude of a receiver on Earth by computing the time difference for signals from different satellites to reach the receiver
For More Information Contact: Rebecca A. Battista, Ph.D. Associate Professor Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science Appalachian State University office: 828-262-3047 email@example.com
•Help advance research aimed to increase the health of teenagers through fun outdoor
Geocaching: A high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers hidden outdoors, called geocaches
Minor’s Assent Form Geocaching Activity Study We are asking if you are willing to be in our geocaching study to see how much physical activity you achieve while geocaching. Geocaching is like going on a treasure hunt that takes place outdoors. The treasure you are “hunting” is called a cache. Finding the cache will require you to follow instructions about where the cache is located. We will split you into smaller groups and provide each group with some equipment that gives you these directions and will help you located the cache. Additionally, there will be a Mountain Alliance supervisor with you at all times to ensure your success at finding the treasure (cache). Because you are a Mountain Alliance member, we are asking if you want to be in this study. A study like this will be most valuable to scientists, teachers, and youth if the participants are all in high school. We will not know how much physical activity is achieved while geocaching until after the study. If you agree to be in this study, you will wear an accelerometer. The accelerometer is a small watch-like device worn on a belt around your waist. It looks like a pedometer. We will ask you to participate in geocaching and/or walking after school on three different occasions. On the day that we first have you participate, you’ll complete a 10 minute online survey. Then we’ll measure your height and weight (but don’t worry nobody else will see this information). You will wear the equipment mentioned above while participating. Following your return from each session, you will also be asked to complete a quick questionnaire asking you to rate your levels of perceived effort and enjoyment. If you complete the study, meaning answer both surveys and participate in all three days of geocaching and/or walking activities, you will receive $30. As with any participation in physical activity, there are some potential risks. The benefits of this project far outweigh the risks. Results of this project will assist us in using geocaching as an activity in other areas of the state and with other groups of youth. Risks are similar to those you would experience in a regular physical education class. Activities will include walking, jogging or running, as determined by the participant (not the researcher). Remember, during the three proposed activities there will be 2-3 Mountain Alliance employees supervising the activity. While searching for the caches, the surface you walk upon can range from sidewalks to grass to gravel. Potential hazards include walking up or down hills or other trails in the wooded areas near the high school. To protect you from being injured the supervisors will know the cache site and will be on hand to assist you in finding the “safest” route to the site. Signing here means that you have read this paper, or had it read to you, and that you are willing to be in this study. If you don't want to be in this study, don't sign. If you sign this form but later change your mind, you can drop out of the study at any time. Remember, being in this study is up to you, and no one will be mad at you if you don't sign this or even if you change your mind later. The researchers conducting this study are Drs. Becki Battista and Stephanie West. You may ask them any questions you have now. If you have any questions later, you may contact Dr. Battista at 828-262-3047. If you have further questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the IRB administrator at Appalachian State University: 828-262-7981. Signature of Participant ____________________ Date _____________ Signature of Investigator ____________________ Date ____________
Department of Health, Leisure and Exercise Science
Appalachian State University
PARENTAL CONSENT FORM The Efficacy of Geocaching as a Means for Promoting Physical Activity Your child is invited to participate in a research study about the levels of physical activity achieved while geocaching. Geocaching is basically a “high tech treasure hunt” that combines technology with exercise. In order to complete a geocaching activity, individuals are provided coordinates that are entered into a global positioning system (GPS) device, as well as written clues to assist in locating the cache (“treasure”). Your child was selected as a possible participant because he/she is a Mountain Alliance member. This study will assist physical education teachers and youth leaders with understanding whether or not geocaching may be used to promote physical activity and health in children. We ask that you read this form and ask any questions you may have before agreeing to have your child in the study.
I. THE STUDY This study examines whether geocaching is an appropriate activity for facilitating the achievement of moderate and/or vigorous physical activity levels. Prior to the study, participants will complete an online survey about their physical activity behaviors and attitudes. Participants in the study will then each participate in three activities: 1) a walk/hike, 2) an untimed geocache, and 3) a timed geocache. The frequency, duration, and intensity of the activities will be similar to those in their physical education classes. During the study, students will be asked to wear an accelerometer that will measure the intensity and duration of their physical activity. The accelerometers are similar to pedometers (small devices the size of a watch face attached to an elastic band worn around the waist). Researchers from Appalachian State University will supervise the fitting of the equipment but students will be asked to put it on themselves.
II. RISKS Your child will be asked to exercise at an intensity level and duration that is similar to his/her regular PE classes. The techniques used in this study do not pose any risks beyond that of their normal PE classes. However, we will watch your child very closely during the activity sessions to make sure everyone is safe. Students will participate in groups of four with approximately five groups participating during any one hour. During each session, there will be 2-3 Mountain Alliance employees, in addition to a research assistant from ASU, supervising the activity. The terrain can range from sidewalks to grass to gravel. Potential hazards include walking up or down hills or other trails in the wooded areas near the high school. To protect the participants, supervisors will know the location of the cache site and will be on hand to keep them out of potentially dangerous areas.
III. BENEFITS Incentive Package: Your child will receive $30 upon completion of all aspects of the study which consists of two surveys and three activity sessions. In order to receive the incentive, all three activity sessions must be completed.
IV. CONFIDENTIALITY The records of this study will be kept private. All data will be tabulated using subject identification numbers rather than names. No personal identifying information will be included in any published results of this study. Consent forms will be kept secure, along with results, for five years after the completion of this study.
V. VOLUNTARY NATURE / QUESTIONS Your decision whether or not to participate will not affect your current or future relations with Watauga County High School, Mountain Alliance or Appalachian State University. If you decide to allow your child to participate, you are free to withdraw your child at any time without affecting your relationship with Watauga County High School, Mountain Alliance or Appalachian State University. Furthermore, your child may also choose to discontinue participation at any time. The researchers conducting this study are Drs. Becki Battista and Stephanie West. You may ask them any questions you have now. If you have any questions later, you may contact Dr. Battista at 828-262-3047. If you have further questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the IRB administrator at Appalachian State University: 828-262-7981.
Child’s Name ______________________________________
Signature of Parent __________________________________
Signature of Researcher_______________________________