The UCF Applied Physiology Laboratory is always recruiting men and women to participate in our research studies. Participation in our studies not only helps contribute to science, but can also be a fun learning experience. The lab is currently recruiting adults for four studies, each of which have been described below. If you are interested in participating, please complete the fillable form below.

#1: Rest Interval Study (UCF IRB #SBE-17-12933)

Why are we doing this study? To determine if muscle fatigue differs between younger and older men and women, and whether resting between muscle contractions enhances performance.

Who can participate? Healthy men and women between the ages of 18-30 or 65+ years with a BMI < 30 that have not been engaged in a structured exercise program during the previous six months.

Who can't participate? Individuals with metabolic or neuromuscular disease, use of tobacco or recreational drugs, surgery within the previous year, engagement in more than 3 strenuous lower-body exercise sessions per month within the previous 6 months, allergic reactions to rubbing alcohol, and/or use medications that may affect muscle performance.

Time commitment: 3, 1 hour visits to the laboratory

Compensation available?: Yes

Principal Investigator: Dr. Stock

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#2: Muscle Fatigue Study (UCF IRB #SBE-17-12855)

Why are we doing this study? To compare muscle activation during fatigue versus during high force muscle contractions.

Who can participate? Healthy men between the ages of 18-35 years with a BMI < 30 that have not been engaged in a structured exercise program during the previous six months.

Who can't participate? Individuals with metabolic or neuromuscular disease, use of tobacco or recreational drugs, surgery within the previous year, engagement in more than 3 strenuous lower-body exercise sessions per month within the previous 6 months, allergic reactions to rubbing alcohol, and/or use medications that may affect muscle performance.

Time commitment: 2 or 3 one hour visits to the laboratory

Compensation available?: Yes

Principal Investigator: Dr. Stock

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#3 Disuse Immobilization Study (UCF IRB #BIO-17-13642)

Why are we doing this study? To see when changes in muscle function and composition change during two weeks of knee joint disuse.

Who can participate? Healthy women 18-35 years of age with a BMI  30.

Who can't participate? Individuals with metabolic or neuromuscular disease, family history of blood clots, surgery within the previous year, and allergic reactions to rubbing alcohol. Females that are currently using oral contraceptives cannot participate.

Time commitment: The total duration of your involvement in this study will be less than three weeks. You will be required to visit the UCF Applied Physiology Laboratory on seven separate occasions, each of which will last between 60-90 minutes. In addition, you will be required to immobilize your left knee joint for a period of two weeks. Additional time required will involve keeping food diaries and changes to the way you shower. All visits to the UCF Applied Physiology Laboratory must occur at the same time of day (± one hour). Failure to attend scheduled visits may result in your removal from the study.

Compensation available?: Yes

Principal Investigator: Dr. Stock

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