Recruitment for On-Going Research Studies

Recruitment for On-Going Research Studies at Korey Stringer Institute

    Semiconductor Heat Extraction Cooling Study (SHE-Cool)

    VOLUNTEER STUDY PARTICIPANTS WANTED for a paid research study being completed by the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut.

    Primary Study Purpose: To investigate the impact four cooling methods (passive cooling, hand cooling at 9-15°C, hand cooling at 16-22°C, and hand cooling + back cooling) on physiological variables after exercise bouts in high temperatures. Some of the variables we will explore are related to core temperature, heart rate, anaerobic output, lower limb balance, and recovery.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Cisgender Male or Female (defined as your sense of personal identity and gender corresponding with your birth sex) between the ages of 18-45 years. Females on birth control will only be included if on oral monophasic birth control (a list of brands will be provided by the researcher to determine eligibility)
    • Cleared by the medical monitor for this study
    • VO2max > 45ml/kg/min
    • Aerobically active (at least 30 minutes of aerobic exercise 4-5 days per week)

    Participants should expect to complete approximately 14 hours of laboratory testing and about 1 hour of participation outside of the laboratory. This study was approved by UConn IRB, under the advisement of Principal Investigator Dr. Douglas Casa.

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    The effect of AMP HUMAN sodium bicarbonate lotion on performance and recovery from exertional heat stress

    VOLUNTEER STUDY PARTICIPANTS WANTED for a paid research study being completed by the Korey Stringer Institute at the University of Connecticut.

    Primary Study Purpose: To investigate the dose-dependent influence of a commercially available sodium bicarbonate lotion (AMP Human PR Lotion; https://amphuman.com/) on measurements of hydration (i.e., urine and blood samples), fluid regulation, cardiovascular function, cognition, and stress biomarkers with or without fluid consumption during exposure to heat stress.

    Secondary Study Purpose: To evaluate the efficacy of a disposable biosensor (Nix, Inc. Biosensor; https://nixbiosensors.com/) on measurements of hydration (i.e., urine and blood samples), fluid regulation, cognition, and sweat kinetics with or without fluid consumption during exposure to heat stress.

    Tertiary Study Purpose: To measure the differences in improvement regarding hydration (i.e., urine and blood samples), stress, fatigue, balance, and musculoskeletal strength and endurance with the implementation of an amino-acid beverage focused rehydration protocol after the completion of exercise performed in the heat.

    Eligibility Requirements:

    • Healthy males between the ages of 18 – 45 years old
    • Recreationally active individuals (confirmed with VO2max minimum of 45 ml/kg/min) with no prior history of adverse reactions to the heat
    • Body Mass Index of ≤28
    • Must be comfortable with the completion of multiple blood draws

    Participants should expect to complete approximately 31 hours of data collection over 16 separate visits with tasks that will be completed both within the laboratory and at home. This study was approved by UConn IRB, Protocol #21-0054 under the advisement of Principal Investigator Dr. Douglas Casa.

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