Review the online INVITATION to PARTICIPATE and CONSENT FORM here and sign up to join this study.


Invitation to Participate

Title of Research: To What Extent do Exercise-Associated Gastrointestinal Symptoms affect the training and performance of Student Athletes?

Student athlete participants are needed for an exploratory study:

      --Are you currently a varsity or club sport athlete at St. Francis Xavier University?

     --Are you currently enrolled in the 2019-20 or 2020-21 academic year?

     --Are you currently free from any medically diagnosed stomach or gut-related diseases or disorders (such   

     as newly diagnosed celiac disease, inflammatory bowel disease, stomach ulcer, gastrointestinal reflux

     disorder etc.)?


If you answered “Yes” to all of these questions, then you are invited to participate in the Exercise-Associated Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Student Athletes Exploratory Study.


Please carefully read this invitation. If you choose to participate, it is encouraged that you print this page and save it with your personal records.

 What is the purpose of this study?

This study is designed to explore and describe experiences of student athletes regarding stomach and gut discomfort that occur during exercise training and competition. Findings may serve as a basis for further research studies or trials pertaining to these gut symptoms.

 What will be my responsibilities if I choose to participate?

If you choose to participate in this study, you will be directed to an online questionnaire where you will be asked about your experiences in your sport that will cover a range of basic demographic factors, exercise and training practices, medical history of food allergies or intolerances, gut-related symptoms during exercise, and a tool to measure quality of life. Your responses will help us understand the extent and severity of gut-related symptoms for student athletes in a variety of sports. The questionnaire will take approximately 30-40 minutes to complete.

 Voluntary Participation:

Your participation in this survey is completely voluntary. All data collected from this survey will be kept anonymous and confidential. You do not have to answer any survey questions that you are not comfortable answering. You may omit questions or withdraw from the study at any time, without any penalty. If you withdraw from the study after completing all or part of the survey, you have the right to determine if your responses may be included in the study analysis or not.

 To withdraw from this survey, exit the web browser before completing the survey. Questionnaire responses will be deleted upon exiting the browser before the questionnaire is complete. To withdraw from this study after data has been submitted, please contact the research supervisors  with the contact information provided above.



Upon completion of the informed consent questionnaire, you will be sent an email with a participant ID# and a link to the main online questionnaire. Your name and contact information will never be linked with your survey responses. Instead, your anonymous participant ID# will be entered into the study questionnaire. Study responses will only be publicized in aggregate (not individual) form, with the exceptions of open-ended responses. Quotations and paraphrased written consent may be used with a randomly generated pseudonym so that anonymity and confidentiality are maintained.


Potential Harms and Benefits:

There is no financial cost to participate in this study and we do not anticipate any harms beyond the risks associated with daily life. Based on individual life experiences, however, certain questions in the survey (e.g body weight, gut symptoms) may cause some degree of emotional stress to some participants. To reduce this risk a “prefer not to answer” option is provided. You may also skip any question that makes you feel uncomfortable to answer.

 You may benefit from participating in this study through reflecting on your training and competition experiences that may be related to stomach or gut discomfort. This could lead to an improved awareness of your GI symptoms and may increase your capacity to seek medical or nutrition counselling for GI symptoms. A chance to receive a small compensation will also be offered. Those who complete the survey may choose to be entered to win one of four gift cards to Sobeys with a $25 value (each) in appreciation for the time commitment involved.

 If you have questions or would like to clarify the study, please, do not hesitate to contact any of the researchers listed at the top of this letter.


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Dr. Jen Jamieson                                      Dr. Ruth Harvie                                  

Associate Professor                                Assistant Professor, NZ Registered Dietitian                           

Phone: (902) 867-5568                               Phone: (902) 867-3224

Email:                              Email:

Dept. Human Nutrition

St. Francis Xavier University

PO Box 5000, Antigonish, NS  B2G 2W5