10:34am Thursday 14 December 2017

Volunteers Needed for Study on Muscle Physiology and Physical Function

Many aspects of skeletal muscle function are affected by advancing age. The research is focused on understanding the effects of aging on balance and muscle activity following exercises such as walking. This research will provide information that may allow for the development of strategies and interventions to prevent disability in older adults.

The lab is seeking women between the ages of 25-40 or 65-80 to participate in an ongoing study. Eligible volunteers will be asked to perform contractions of their leg muscles, walk for 30 minutes on a treadmill and perform simple tests of physical function. Additionally, eligible volunteers will be asked to perform a balance test, in which they will lean forward against a cable and recover their balance once the cable is released (they will wear a harness to prevent a fall). Volunteers will receive monetary compensation, information about their muscular ability, mobility function, and physical activity level, along with and a pamphlet on exercises for healthy aging.

For more information, contact Ben Hoffmann at 545-5305 or umassmplab@gmail.com.


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