2017 Spirituality and Exercise Survey for Pilgrims of the Camino

Research Description and Consent Form

The purpose of this research is to determine the amounts and types of injuries that occur on El Camino as well as assess pilgrims’ spiritual views and exercise habits. As a participant in this study, you will be asked to fill out a survey about your experience on El Camino, your spiritual views, your purpose and goals for walking El Camino, as well as your exercise habits. There are no known risks associated with this research as it it solely questionnaire based. Participation in this study will take approximately 10 minutes. Your participation is confidential. The data you contribute to this research will be identifiable only by a number assigned by the experimenter. Once you submit your responses and they are analyzed by the researcher, there will be no way to connect your responses with your personal identity. Moreover, all data and records will be stored on password protected computers in a locked laboratory. Participation is completely voluntary. You are free to withdraw at any time without penalty or loss of benefits. You may choose to skip any question or activity. Participants will not be compensated for their participation. There are no known benefits of participating in the study. However, your participation in this research will contribute to the development of our understanding about the types and frequency of injuries that are experienced on El Camino. Additionally, it will help us understand possible connections between spirituality and injury and/or connections to physical fitness and the occurrence of injuries of those walking the trail.

Participation may be terminated by the experimenter if it is deemed that the participant is unable to perform the tasks presented. Questions or concerns regarding participation in this research should be directed to: Dr. Brennan Harris at phone +1 757 221 2757.

I am aware that I must be at least 18 years of age to participate in this project.

I am aware that I may report dissatisfactions with any aspect of this study to Dr. Tom Ward, Ph.D., the Chair of the Protection of Human Subjects Committee by telephone (757 221 2358) or email (tjward@wm.edu).

Select AGREE below indicates that you agree to participate in this study and have read all the information provided on this form and that you understand that your participation in this project is voluntary, and that you have received a copy of this consent form. Click EXIT if you do not wish to participate.