University of Tennessee Seeking Individuals for Research Project: Assessing Physical Activity in Wheelchair Users

Mar 21, 2011
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The Exercise Physiology lab at the University of Tennessee is conducting a study addressing a new method of measuring physical activity energy expenditure in wheelchair users. The lab is seeking 10 to 20 subjects in the Knoxville, TN, area.

If you use a wheelchair or know of any wheelchair users in the Knoxville area, contact Scott Conger for more information (see below). He has adapted a power meter for use on wheelchairs that provides real-time power output during wheeling. All subjects/volunteers are provided some compensation for their time plus travel expenses.

The lab is specifically looking for adults 18 and older who are manual wheelchair users (for at least 6 months) and otherwise healthy. Any reason for wheelchair use is acceptable with the exception of spinal cord injuries at the C8 level or above.

Again, if there are questions, contact Scott. He would be happy to provide more information and would like to find enough subjects to complete the study. A brief description can be found at the bottom of the Center for Physical Activity and Health’s webpage.
Scott A. Conger, M.S.
Department of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sports Studies
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Phone: (865) 974-5091

Author: Cary Wing