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Muscle Disuse Study

50-65 YEAR-OLD VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED FOR MUSCLE DISUSE (KNEE BRACE) AND RECOVERY RESEARCH

When people are forced to be inactive their muscles get smaller and lose strength. The purpose of this study is to examine the changes in the structure and function of skeletal muscle during a brief period of disuse and rehabilitation in middle-aged participants to help us develop better treatments to improve clinical rehabilitative care.

Phase 1 requires wearing a leg sling and using crutches for 1 week. A physical therapist will provide instruction on the proper use of crutches. Phase 2 requires 1 week of supervised rehabilitation.

Seeking volunteers who:

  • Are 50-65 years of age
  • Are generally healthy
  • Can attend multiple weekday study visits at the UTMB Galveston or League City campuses over a 4-to-6-week period

Contact Liza Durgens, MSN, APRN, FNP-C, lidurgen@utmb.edu or 409-747-6820 - Or-  Sean Kilroe, PhD,  at spkilroe@utmb.edu or 832-413-2352.  Complete the Pre-screening Questionnaire.

Blake Rasmussen, PhD is the Principal Investigator of this study. This study is supported by a grant from the National Institute on Aging. Volunteers will be compensated for their participation.

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