Hi Kim - have you tried advertising in the gyms around the Lidcombe and Liverpool areas? That may help track down your healthier subjects. Also jump on the Cool Runnings website forum
and post there - lots of healthy runners who might be up for a free prod and poke if they can learn about more about their health. I saw a podiatrist from Melbourne recently score a whole bunch of male runners in a particular age group for a study. If you can put an angle/spin on it and sell it so it looks like they're getting something out of the experience, that might also help. (e.g. Want 4 weeks of free personal training? Want a free MRI and brain scan
or whatever kind of test it is that you're doing.)
What kind of benefits can the participants expect to get? Think about it from their
perspective, rather than what you
want them to do and what you
want to get out of it. From what I've noticed about posters on the Cool Runnings forum, they're very interested in how their bodies perform and I guess approaching it from the angle of free results - maybe they're all itching to have an MRI scan but unwilling to pay for it. That kind of thing. Hope that makes sense?
And finally, could you contact some medical clinics in the Lidcombe and Liverpool areas to ask if they could recommend the study to some of their diabetic patients? Same as above - sell it to the participants.
Just keep moving! And don't be lazy...
SW: 74.3kg - 1/1/09
CW: 71.1kg - 3/5/09