Amputees and sport participation research, Lancaster University (UK)

Research and evaluation

Amputees and sport participation research, Lancaster University (UK)
Have you had an amputation and currently participate in sport? You are invited to take part research exploring sports participation and identity in people who have experienced a limb amputation.

What is the study about?
The purpose of this study is to explore how participation in sports and athletics impacts identity in individuals who have undergone a limb amputation.

What will I be asked to do if I take part?
If you decide you would like to take part, you would be asked to participate in an interview lasting approximately 45 minutes to an hour. This interview will be arranged with you at a convenient time, and will take place online via Microsoft Teams.
You will be asked about your experiences, which may involve questions exploring your amputation, the rehabilitation process, your involvement in sports, any challenges you encountered, your sense of identity, and how you have managed and made sense of these experiences.

Who can take part?
Anyone who meets the following criteria:
• Experienced amputation of a limb in adulthood (aged 18 or over)
• After amputation engaged in sports/athletics
• Did not consider self as active in sports before amputation

Are there any benefits to taking part?
It is hoped that by sharing your experiences, it will lead to a better understanding of sports participation, identity, and amputation. This could help professionals working with individuals undergoing amputation or rehabilitation to understand them and their experiences.

Who do I contact if I would like to take part or would like more information?

If you are interested in taking part, or would like further information, please contact the Heather Havlin (lead researcher) via email -

Ethics reference: FHMREC20029