Effects of Exercise Intensity on Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia

The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of different intensities of a knee extension resistance exercise on pain sensitivity measures. During one testing session that last about two hours, 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 then be randomly assigned to perform a knee extension exercise with your dominant leg at a high amount of weight, a low amount of weight, or to rest quietly.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • pain-free
  • 18-60 years old
  • participant can perform the knee extension exercise (assessed during screening)

Exclusion Qualifications:

You may not participate in this research opportunity if any of the following applies to you:
  • regular use of prescription pain medication
  • current or history of chronic pain condition
  • currently taking a blood-thinning medication
  • systemic medical condition known to affect sensation, such as uncontrolled diabetes or neurological conditions
  • any contraindication to the application of ice, such as: uncontrolled hypertension, cold urticaria, cryoglobulinemia, paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria, circulatory compromise
  • known presence of cardiovascular, pulmonary, or metabolic disease
  • current use of tobacco products
  • not physically ready to exercise without a medical exam as indicated by the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire Plus (PAR-Q+)
  • surgery, injury, or fracture to the lower back or lower extremity within the past 6 months

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UCF IRB#: 4673 ID
PI: Abigail Wilson
Recruitment End Date:
June 30, 2023
Education Complex and Gym
12494 University Boulevard
Room 174A
Orlando, FL 32816
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 1
Expected time per visit: 2 hours
Type: $25.00 Amazon Gift Card
Point of Contact:
Abigail Wilson
Faculty Advisors:
Abigail Wilson
Associated Units:
Athletic Training
Physical Therapy
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science
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