Volunteers, Ages 21-35, Sought for Muscle Function Study

Researchers in the muscle physiology lab in the Department of Kinesiology are seeking volunteers to participate in a study of the effects of age on muscle function and physical performance.

Volunteers must be between the ages of 21-35 and must not engage in more that three sessions of physical activity a week.

Participants will be asked to perform contractions of their leg muscles as well as perform simple tests of physical function (walking, balance, getting up from a chair), and to rapidly tap their feet. Volunteers will receive information about their muscular ability, mobility function and physical activity level, along with a $20 gift card and pamphlets on exercises for healthy aging.

The study requires two visits, lasting a total of 3.5 hours. The lab will schedule the visits around volunteers’ availability.

The lab’s research, under the direction of Jane Kent, is focused on understanding the effects of aging on muscle activity in the lower leg and its relationship to our ability to perform rapid movements. This study will provide information about a new clinical measure that researchers hope will be useful as an early indicator of changes in the muscle that might affect tasks such as walking.

To learn more or to participate in one of the lab’s current studies, call Erica at 413/545-5305 or email umassmplab@gmail.com.