Mechanisms of Exercise-Induced Hypoalgesia

The purpose of this study is to determine the effects of different fatiguing levels of dynamic resistance exercise on individual pain threshold measures to appropriately dose exercise in physical therapy practice.

The study requires you to attend one testing session that is approximately 1 hour in which you will complete questionnaires that characterize your thoughts and feelings about pain and undergo assessment of your pain sensitivity through pressure stimuli. You will then be performing a push-up exercise until you reach either a high or low fatigue exercise. Your sensitivity to pressure stimuli will be measured again following the exercise.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • pain-free
  • 18-60 years old
  • able to appropriately perform the intervention (assessed during screening)

Exclusion Qualifications:

You may not participate in this research opportunity if any of the following applies to you:
  • regularly use prescription pain medications
  • have a current or history of a chronic pain condition
  • taking blood-thinning medication
  • any blood clotting disorder, such as hemophilia
  • systemic medical condition known to affect sensation, such as uncontrolled diabetes or neurological conditions
  • not physically ready to exercise without a medical exam as indicated by the Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire Plus (PAR-Q+)
  • surgery, injury, or fracture within the past 6 months

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UCF IRB#: 5755 ID
PI: Abigail Wilson
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Recruitment End Date:
April 18, 2024
Education Complex and Gym
12494 University Blvd
Room 174A
Orlando, FL 32816
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 1
Expected time per visit: 1 hours
Point of Contact:
Anais Pain
Faculty Advisors:
Abigail Anderson
Associated Units:
Athletic Training
Physical Therapy
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science
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