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    Believe I Am has been involved in getting a study off the ground that looks at elite runner athletes and their experience with pregnancy.

    I teamed up with my researcher friend at the University of Ottawa, former International Canadian Athlete and new mom, Francine Darroch. Through many conversations with mother runners Francine and her team of researchers focused on the questions that elite runners want answered. I think the data being collected will be extremely helpful to current and future moms in our sport. This study is a chance for elite-mothers athletes everywhere to become a collective group banding together to share their experiences as elite athletes and motherhood.  We will be updating this page with the findings as soon as they are available. We will also be posting as much current relevant news and information we find.

    Your Sister in Sport,

    Ro McGettigan-Dumas

     

    ABOUT

    A research project has been initiated at the University of Ottawa in Canada. This project seeks to understand elite female distance runners and physical activity in pregnancy. The main research goals are to:

    1. Gain a better understanding of levels of physical activity before/during/after pregnancy among elite female distance runners  
    2. Determine how elite female distance runners relate to gestational physical activity and weight gain guidelines  
    3. Gain a clearer understanding of where elite female distance runners receive their advice on physical activity and weight gain during pregnancy and how they perceived these recommendations/advice 

    As part of this research, we are conducting an online questionnaire that can be completed at your leisure. The time commitment related to the questionnaire will likely not exceed an hour. 

     

    INCLUSION CRITERIA

    You must have been pregnant and given birth within the past 5 years
    and achieved the following standards:

    1,500m: 4:29.42
    3,000m steeplechase: 10:48.89
    5,000m: 16:38.13
    10,000m: 35:06.22
    half-marathon: 1:12:59
    marathon: 2:46:00
     
    If you’re interested in participating, please complete our survey:

     

     

    If you have any further questions please feel free to contact the researchers:

     

    Audrey R. Giles, Ph.D
    Associate Professor                                          
    School of Human Kinetics                                
    University of Ottawa                                           
    1 613 562-5800 ext. 2988                                    
    agiles@uottawa.ca 

    Francine Darroch, MEd, MPH, PhD (Cand.)   
    School of Human Kinetics
    University of Ottawa
    1 613 203-2002
    fdarr023@uottawa.ca 

    Keep up to date on findings from this study and sharing informations on this subject by connecting with a community of mother-athletes on our private Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/mothersontrack/