Current Studies Seeking Volunteers


Researchers seek overweight individuals for a study investigating the role of footwear in human walking gait.

We are comparing barefoot walking to walking in an athletic shoe. Participants will walk at their preferred speed and at a fixed walking speed while barefoot, and again while shod. 3D motion capture and ground reaction forces will be collected during these tasks. Results of this study will help clarify the role of footwear in human walking gait.

  • Kevin Dames:
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • January 7, 2016 through April 28, 2016
  • Participant Requirements: Men and women, 18-30 years of age, with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30-40 kg/m2 (classified as obese) are eligible for this study. Participants may not have a physical or neurological impairment that would impact walking gait, nor have experienced a lower extremity injury in the previous 6 months that could impact gait.

Time Commitment and Other Information about Research Participation: About 1 hour


Female Runners Needed for Study on Running Economy.

Runners needed for a two-part study on running economy and muscle activity. Total time commitment is 3 hours over two visits. Visit 1: accommodate to our treadmill and then do a VO2max test, an all-out running test on the treadmill. Visit 2: 30-min of running (6x5 minute bouts) at 8:15, 7:40 and 7:15 min/mile pace with and without a 5 lb hydration backpack. You will be breathing through a mask that measures how much oxygen you are consuming. We will also gather data in visit 2 that will tell us about your movement and muscle activity as you run

  • Barbara Schornstein:
  • Sport and Exercise Science: Biomechanics
  • January 20, 2016 through May 22, 2016
  • Participant Requirements: Looking for females, age 18-65, who are able to run a 5k race in 18-23 minutes. Injury free.

Time Commitment and Other Information about Research Participation: Visit 1 will take approximately an hour and visit 2 about 2 hours. You will receive information about your VO2max test that can help fine tune your training.