Volunteer for study of effects of physical activity

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Researchers in the Musculoskeletal and Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab (MOBL), in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, are seeking volunteers to participate in a study examining the role that physical activity plays in the declines in mobility and joint function that are common in later life. The MOBL is under the direction of Katherine Boyer, Ph.D.

Many aspects of walking ability and muscle function are affected by age and exercise. Our research is focused on understanding the effects of age and exercise level on how individuals walk, the strength in their legs, and the potential risk of knee osteoarthritis. The information from this study will improve understanding of what factors affect joint health as we age.

We are seeking individuals between the ages of 55 and 70 years to participate in one of our on-going studies. We will ask eligible volunteers to wear an activity monitor for one week, walk back and forth in our lab as well as on a treadmill, and perform contractions of their leg muscles. Volunteers will receive information about their muscular ability and physical activity level, and will also be reimbursed $25 for their participation.

If you are interested in learning more about our research or might consider participating in one of our current studies, please contact Jocelyn Hafer at 413-545-4421 or at boyerbiomech@kin.umass.edu. For more information about the Musculoskeletal and Orthopedic Biomechanics Lab in general, please visit our website at http://people.umass.edu/mobl/.

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