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School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3TU, UK





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Abstract Extensive challenges are often encountered when recruiting participants to chronic exercise training studies. High participant burden during chronic exercise training programmes can result in low uptake to and-or poor compliance with the study. The aim of this qualitative study was to identify factors affecting adolescent girls’ recruitment and adherence to chronic exercise training research studies. Twenty-six adolescent girls aged 12 to 15 years participated in one of five focus groups discussing recruitment and retention to exercise physiology research involving a chronic exercise training programme. A thematic analysis was used to analyse the data and eight final themes were inductively identified. Seven evidence-based practical recommendations are suggested to improve the recruitment and retention of participants for prospective, chronic exercise training studies. Successful recruitment requires: i the defining of exercise-related terms; ii appropriate choice of recruitment material; and iii an understanding of participant motivations. Retention strategies include: iv regular monitoring of participant motives; and v small groups which foster peer and researcher support. Finally, vi friendship and ability groups were favoured in addition to vii a variety of activities to promote adherence to an exercise training programme. View Full-Text

Keywords: adolescent; exercise; focus groups; health promotion; research participation adolescent; exercise; focus groups; health promotion; research participation





Autor: Rachel Massie, Brett Smith and Keith Tolfrey *

Fuente: http://mdpi.com/



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