Research into Stress Fractures in Athletes
By Elin Wee, email firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Research Assistant working at Melbourne Uni, School of Physiotherapy. We are currently conducting a research project (in conjunction with University College London) looking at the genetic factors involved in lower limb stress fractures in athletes.
Involvement in the project is fairly straightforward and minimally time consuming. It can all done via post (therefore making it viable to participate regardless of geographical location) and involves being willing to give a saliva sample and answering a short questionnaire. More information will be given personally to each potential participant.
We are looking specifically for athletes with a history of diagnosed stress fracture(s) in their legs. So anyone above the legal consent age (18 years), actively exercising or have exercised, with a diagnosed stress fracture in any leg bone at any time in the past, is able to take part if they wish. They can be doing any sport/ activity but I have approached running as stress fractures are common in this particular population compared to other sport types. As for numbers, the more the merrier (within our coping ability of course!)
School of Physiotherapy
Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences
The University of Melbourne