Pain Modulatory Profiles in Stretching in Healthy Participants

The purpose of this study is to examine how stretching reduces the perception of pain in asymptomatic individuals. The study is completed at the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory on the UCF campus and requires you to attend three sessions that are approximately 1-2 hours each. You will complete forms and undergo assessment of your pain sensitivity through exposure to heat, cold, and pressure stimuli. You will then complete a cold-water immersion task and different intensities of a stretch to your neck. Your sensitivity to pressure will then be examined on your forearm, neck, and foot for up to fifteen minutes.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • Pain-free
  • 18-60 years old

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 blood-thinning medication
  • Any blood clotting disorder, such as hemophilia
  • 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
  • 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 neck or upper extremity within the past 6 months
  • Unable to perform the stretch
  • Unable to attend all three sessions

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UCF IRB#: STUDY00005498 ID
PI: Abigail Wilson
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Recruitment End Date:
August 23, 2023
Education Complex and Gym
12494 University Blvd.
Room 174A
Orlando, FL 32816
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 3
Expected time per visit: 1.5 hours
Type: $40.00 Amazon Gift Card
Point of Contact:
Abigail Wilson
Associated Units:
Athletic Training
Physical Therapy
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science
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