Project CAMP: Consistency of Amputee Muscle Performance

Project CAMP: Consistency of  Amputee Muscle Performance

The purpose of this study is to get a better understanding of muscular and neuromuscular properties in the unilateral amputee population. The findings of this study can add to neuromuscular and muscular-applied knowledge base in this population. Additionally, this line of work can have clinical benefits by introducing exercise intervention programs specific to the amputee population.

If you agree to participate, you will be required to visit the University of Central Florida Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory for two (2) visits. You will likely interact with doctoral students Jonathan Beausejour, Chloe Artrip, Goldshawn Guinto, Alejandra Corvalan, and Maxine Furtado. We expect that your participation will require 3 hours or less per laboratory visit and not more than 6 hours total. The time between the 2 visits will not exceed 2 weeks, with both visits being at least 48 hours apart. Upon arrival to the laboratory, we will ask you to fill out surveys and conduct a series of tests to assess your neuromuscular function, muscular strength, and contractile properties on specific lower limb muscles. It is requested that you wear comfortable, athletic clothing, and tennis shoes. Researchers will ask that you avoid strenuous exercise, such as heavy strength or endurance training, for at least two days prior to each visit. In addition, you will be asked to avoid caffeine for at least four hours prior to each visit and not have any alcohol for the duration of the study. We also ask that you do not change your current diet or sleep habits.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • Are a unilateral transtibial OR transfemoral amputee between the ages of 18 and 65 years.
  • Willingness to perform functional movement testing, maximal strength testing, and answer questionnaires assessing your level of pain and ability to complete activities of daily living.
  • Have no other major underlying health concerns and circumstances as described in the pre-enrollment health screen administered before enrollment.

Exclusion Qualifications:

You may not participate in this research opportunity if any of the following applies to you:
  • Bilateral Amputation
  • Major Hospitalization (≥ 48 hour stay) in the last six months
  • Physician mandated contraindication to exercise within the last six months
  • Heart attack or other major cardiovascular event within the previous year
  • History of neuromuscular Disease (e.g Parkinson’s, MS, ALS)
  • History of stroke or psychiatric disorders

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UCF IRB#: STUDY00003546
PI: Matt S. Stock, Ph.D.
IRB Expiration December 6, 2022
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Recruitment End Date:
December 6, 2022
UCF Education Complex and Gym
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Orlando, FL 32816
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 2
Expected time per visit: 3 hours
Type: Up to $50 in Target gift cards
Point of Contact:
Jonathan Beausejour
Faculty Advisors:
Matt Stock
Associated Units:
Physical Therapy
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science
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