Strength Training + Mental Imagery

Strength Training + Mental Imagery

Mental imagery is a technique that involves an individual imagining that they are maximally contracting a target muscle group without any actual physical movement. Mental imagery has been used clinically and in research for many different purposes, including sport psychology, post-operative rehabilitation, and pain management due to its ability to activate areas of the corticospinal tract, responsible for voluntary muscular activation in a manner similar to resistance training.

This study aims to use a brain stimulation technique known as transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS)to determine the acute effects of strength training and mental imagery on corticospinal function and strength of the biceps muscles.

Inclusion Qualifications:

  • Both men and women may participate
  • Aged 18-35 years
  • Have not performed any strength training within the previous 6 months
  • Right hand dominant

Exclusion Qualifications:

You may not participate in this research opportunity if any of the following applies to you:
  • Have performed strength training in the previous 6 months
  • Left hand dominant
  • Surgery to the joints of the upper-body (i.e., neck, shoulder, wrist, etc.) within the previous year
  • Neuromuscular disease (e.g. Parkinson’s, MS, ALS) or Metabolic disease (e.g. diabetes, thyroid disorder, metabolic syndrome)
  • Arthritis in the upper limbs (hands, arms, shoulders) or trouble using/controlling one’s muscles
  • History of cancer, stroke, or heart attack
  • Use of an assistive walking device or other mobility aids
  • Physician mandated contraindication to exercise within the last 6 months
  • Epilepsy or history of convulsions/seizures, fainting, or syncope
  • History of head trauma that was diagnosed as concussion or was associated with loss of consciousness

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UCF IRB#: STUDY00001295
PI: Matt S. Stock, Ph.D
IRB Expiration February 17, 2021
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Recruitment End Date:
February 1, 2021
UCF Partnership I Building
12354 Research Parkway
Room 221
Orlando, FL 32826
Time Commitment:
Number of visits: 1
Expected time per visit: 3 hours
Type: $10 in gift cards
Point of Contact:
Ryan Girts
Faculty Advisors:
Matt Stock
Associated Units:
Physical Therapy
Exercise Physiology & Rehabilitation Science
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