Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Want to participate in research while you're in town this summer?

Physical Activity Research at James Madison University
This research opportunity is with Dr. Hargens in the KIN department
Do you own a Fitbit device or other similar wearable activity tracker?  Do you wonder just how accurate they are?  Researchers at James Madison University’s Department of Kinesiology are conducting a study to assess the accuracy of commercially available physical activity and sleep monitors.  We are looking for:
  • Individuals 18 years and older
  • Not currently smoking
  • Are without significant heart, lung or metabolic disease
  • Have no serious orthopedic or bone problems that prevent vigorous exercise
  • You do NOT have to own a device to participate!
The study would require subjects to wear 3 activity trackers, 2 on the hip and 1 on the wrist, for 7 consecutive days while awake and during sleep.  In addition, subjects will undergo body composition assessment, undergo a maximal treadmill exercise test, and a sub-maximal treadmill exercise trial over the course of 2 visits to the James Madison University Human Performance Laboratory.  Subjects will receive a comprehensive report on their health status including body composition (% body fat), cardiorespiratory fitness, physical activity levels, and sleep quality.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email the research staff at

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