Comparing the Effects of Upper and Lower Body Resistance Training on Pain Sensitivity

The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of upper and lower body resistance training exercise on individual pain threshold measures to appropriately dose exercise prescription.

During three testing sessions that last about one hour, you will be briefly exposed to heat, cold, and pressure to examine your pain sensitivity. You will also complete questionnaires that characterize your thoughts and feelings about pain. You will be performing a knee extension and seated shoulder press exercise for 3 sets of 10 repetitions.

You will receive $40.00 for completing all three sessions.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • Be 18-60 years old
  • Pain free
  • Be able to appropriately perform the intervention (assessed during screening)
  • Be English Speaking
  • Be able to attend all three sessions
  • Be physically ready to exercise without a medical exam as indicated by the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire Plus (PAR-Q+)

Exclusion Qualifications:

You may not participate in this research opportunity if any of the following applies to you:
  • Not regularly use prescription pain medications
  • Not have a current or history of a chronic pain condition
  • Not currently be taking blood-thinning medications
  • Not have a medical condition known to affect sensation, such as uncontrolled diabetes or nervous system conditions.
  • Not have any contraindication to the application of ice, such as: uncontrolled hypertension, cold urticaria (condition that causes hives when exposed to ice), cryoglobulinemia (condition that causes protein in urine when exposed to ice), paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria (condition that causes red blood cell destruction when exposed to ice), circulatory compromise (reduce blood flow to your arm)
  • Not have any known presence of cardiovascular, pulmonary, or metabolic disease
  • Not be currently using tobacco products
  • Not have had an Surgery, injury, or broken bones within the past 6 months
  • Not be pregnant

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UCF IRB#: STUDY00005752 ID
PI: Abigail Wilson, PT, DPT, PhD
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Recruitment End Date:
September 23, 2023
Education Complex and Gym
12494 University Blvd
Rm 174a
Orlando, FL 32816
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 3
Expected time per visit: 60 minutes
Type: $40 amazon gift card
Point of Contact:
Kaitlyn Lyons
Faculty Advisors:
Abigail Anderson
Associated Units:
Athletic Training
Physical Therapy
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science
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