Research project on the positive and negative experiences of athletes in Finnish competitive sports

In the autumn of 2021, FINCIS launched a research project to examine the various positive and negative experiences of competitive athletes in Finnish sports. In other words, the study aims to investigate the levels of fair and responsible and inappropriate and irresponsible behaviour experienced by competitive athletes in Finland and the factors associated with them.

An invitation to the study and a link to the survey will be sent in spring 2022 through all the sports organisations involved to those athletes who each organisation has considered to be representative of the competitive athletes of their sport.

Implementation of the study in co-operation with sports organisations

The survey is a continuation of a study on sexual and gender-based harassment in Finnish competitive sports previously conducted by the FINCIS in 2019–2020. The study highlighted the wish to ask more extensively about the negative and positive experiences in sports.

The research project is carried out in co-operation with sports organisations and FINCIS’s research group. FINCIS is responsible for the implementation, analysis and reporting of the survey. The competitive athletes aged 16 and over identified by sports organisations are invited to participate in the study. An invitation to the study and a link to the survey will be sent through the sports organisations to those athletes who meet the definition of a competitive athlete in their own sports federation. The invitation and the survey are sent by the sports organisations using the contact details stored in the licence system. The research project involves nearly 50 sports organisations.

Responses to the questionnaire will be directed to FINCIS’s secure server room. Participation in the study is voluntary. The results will be analysed and reported at group-level in such a way that no respondent can be identified. A national report on the results of the survey will be written and published by FINCIS in autumn 2022.

The aim of the survey is to increase knowledge of the positive and negative experiences of athletes and the factors associated with them. With the help of the information obtained in the study, these factors and circumstances can be influenced in the future.

Contact information

For additional information about the study, please contact Satu Kaske, the researcher in charge of the study, satu.kaski@clearmind.fi; tel. +358 (0)50 590 4235 and research assistant Alisa Heikkinen alisa.heikkinen@suek.fi tel. +358 (0)40 673 6160 or, for general information on the research project, Nina Laakso, FINCIS Research Manager, email nina.laakso@suek.fi; tel. +358 (0)400 808 940.