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Survey on COVID-19 Physical Activity!

Survey: Social Distancing & Physical Activity in Blind and VI People

COVID-19: Social Distancing & Physical Activity in Blind and Visually Impaired UK Residents.

COVID-19 (corona virus) has impacted the UK considerably. People have been instructed by the government to remain at home unless making essential travel (e.g. food shopping) or for a single daily exercise activity. This has likely disrupted regular physical activity habits across the nation and increased the likelihood/ opportunity to engage in sedentary behaviour.

This research seeks to understand how physical activity habits have been affected by self-isolation using a short online questionnaire (20-30mins) aimed at individuals aged >18 years living in the UK that have been unaffected by any recent health issues before and during the self-isolation period but who are blind or visually impaired.”

Survey link below



Survey / Questionnaire support

This questionnaire has been designed to accommodate as best as possible those with a visual impairment.  The software may struggle to work on mobile devices if a screen reader or magnifer is being used.  If you wish to have support in the form of a reader to help you fill in the questionnaire, please contact Clare Strongman at:


Section A:  The Research Project


Full Title of project

COVID-19: Social Distancing & Physical Activity in Blind and Visually Impaired UK Residents


Purpose of study

To investigate the impact of the stay at home policy enforced by the UK Government on the 23rd March 2020 on the physical activity habits of blind and visually impaired UK residents. This is a collaborative study between Anglia Ruskin University and British Blind Sport.


Who are the researchers? 

Dr Dan Gordon – Staff Member at Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Marie Gernigon – Staff Member at University of Paris Saclay

Patrick Swain – Ph.D. Student at Northumbria University

Clare Strongman – Ph.D. Student at Anglia Ruskin University

Henry Chung – Ph.D. Student at Anglia Ruskin University

Viviane Merzbach – Researcher at Anglia Ruskin University


Why have I been asked to participate?

You have been asked to take part in this research if you meet the following criteria:

  1. Are a resident in the UK
  2. Are social distancing due to COVID-19
  3. Are aged 18 years or older
  4. Have not altered your physical activity levels due to a change in health status
  5. Have a visual impairment


How many people will be asked to participate?

We are looking for a minimum of approximately 100 participants.


Do I have to take part?

You do not have to take part if you do not want to. You do not have to provide a reason.


Has the study got ethical approval?

This study has been approved by the ethics committee at Anglia Ruskin University.


Legislation relating to this study

General Data Protection Regulation (2018)


What will happen to the results of the study?

The results of this study are intended to be written up for scientific publication with the possibility to be presented at scientific conferences and disseminated through social media outlets.


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