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Storying sports injury experiences in VR: Call for user test participants

What is it?

Storying sports injury experiences in VR is a virtual reality experience aimed at improving the injury experience for runners from a psychological perspective.
It is a project from the MA Virtual and Extended Realities course at UWE Bristol, produced by student .
We are looking for volunteer participants to test out the VR experience so we can understand if it’s achieving our goals and use your feedback to improve it.

What will happen in the test?

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Test participants will
Be shown how to use the VR headset (3-5 minutes)
Complete the VR experience (around 7 minutes)
Answer some simple questions about their experience (around 10 minutes)

When and where?

Tuesday 28 November, UWE Frenchay: ⬅️
Wednesday 29 November, City Centre (Arnolfini): ⬅️


I want to know more about the VR experience

Immerse yourself in the frustrating and exhausting world of the injured athlete in this virtual reality experience, while understanding the sports psychology that underpins their experience. Based on one of the six narratives outlined in the research paper “Storying Sports Injury Experiences of Elite Track Athletes: A Narrative Analysis” (Everard, Wadey and Howells, 2021).

How accessible is the experience?

The experience is seated, so does not require you to move your body, but it does require use of your hands. Sadly it is currently inaccessible for people with signifiant audio or visual impairments, but if you have specific access needs.

I can’t make the dates above but I would like to try out the VR experience

Drop Jon an email () with your availability and preferred location and we can figure something out. Alternatively, you can check it out as part of the course public showcase at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol 9-10th December:

I’ve never used VR before

No problem at all, we will show you all you need to do. The experience is designed to be easy to use.


Jon Higgins:
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