Study Participant Opportunities

The School has a number of research studies underway.  These studies may be led by students or faculty members. Many studies require human participation. If you wish to serve as study participant, a list of current opportunities and contact information is available below:


Study #1:  Can we measure trunk stiffness in vivo?: The effect of muscle contraction on trunk stiffness

Subject Eligibility:  Healthy, university-aged individuals with no current back pain, and no severe back pain (causing you to miss school or work) in the past 12 months

Lab visits:  One 75-minute session

Contact:  Tara at –

Compensation:  $20

The Spine Biomechanics lab is looking for female participants who have had spinal fusion surgery to correct for idiopathic scoliosis. We are looking to quantify the differences in spinal stiffness between control subjects and those with spinal fusion. The surgery must have been completed more than 12 months ago.  The study will start the week of November 25th and requires one visit, lasting about 75 minutes. You will be paid $20 for your participation in this study.  If you are interested in participating or if you have any questions, please contact Tara at

Thank you!

Spinal Fusion Stiffness Validation STUDY DETAILS AVAILABLE HERE


Study #2 -Youth Sport Coaches' Interview

What: A study exploring youth sport coaches’ factors (i.e., capability, motivation and opportunity) to perform leadership behaviours with their athletes.  This study has been granted clearance according to the recommended principles of Canadian ethics guidelines, and Queen's policies. This study has been designed and approved by experienced researchers with the objective of exploring the factors (i.e., capability, opportunity and motivation) coaches feel they have to effectively use leadership behaviours with their athletes.



  • Experienced head coaches with 3 or more years of coaching experience
  • Who coach athletes between the ages of 11-17 in the 2015 sports season


How Much Time: Participants in this research will be involved in one interview, which will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. During the interview, participants will also be asked to complete a questionnaire. Interviews will take place at a location of the participant’s choice.


Potential Risks and Benefits:

  • Although there is no financial compensation, it is anticipated that your participation will help us to better understand coaches’ leadership in sport, thus allowing us to better design future formalized youth sport coach development programs to promote effective coaching.  
  • We will provide you with a written summary of the overall results and conclusions of our investigation for your own use and benefit. 


1 - Meaghan O'Connor, Undergraduate Student, Co-Investigator

School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, Kingston  ON  K7L 3N6

613-533-6000 x78207   /   Email:

2 - Jean Côté, PhD, Director and Professor, Primary Investigator              

School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Queen's University, Kingston  ON  K7L 3N6

613-533-6000 x79049   /   Email: