Driven to Discover Project at the State Fair -- Proprioception in Seniors

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Ann Van de Winckel
Principal Investigator
Study Coordinator

612-625-1191
avdwlab@umn.edu

University of Minnesota
Division of Physical Therapy
420 Delaware Street SE
MMC 388
Minneapolis, MN  55455

For questions about the heart rate monitor and blood pressure testing, feel free to contact Dr. Manda Keller-Ross at 612-625-3175

Driven to Discover Project at the State Fair -- Proprioception in Seniors

Thank you for visiting our website! If you are interested in participating, please feel free to come and visit us at the State Fair Driven to Discover Building of the University of Minnesota (next to the Home Improvement building) on the following dates:

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  • Thursday, 8/25 8am-3pm
  • Friday, 8/26 8am-3pm
  • Monday, 8/29 8am-3pm
  • Tuesday, 8/30 8am-3pm
  • Thursday, 9/1 8am-3pm
  • Sunday, 9/4 2pm-9pm

For this study, we will recruit about 300 healthy adults.

The aims of this study are to: 
  • Establish an association between indices of sympathetic activity (blood pressure and heart rate) and low-intensity exercise in seniors.
  • Investigate whether body awareness (proprioception) of the arm and hand is correlated with risk of falling. Proprioception relates to awareness of the position and movements of one’s body.
  • Investigate proprioception and sensorimotor function in senior and compare these data with data from our current studies in people with stroke.

I am a healthy adult and want to participate. What do I do?

I am a healthy adult and want to participate. What do I do?

If you decided to participate in this study, you will be taken through three interactive stations where you will be asked to do the following:

  • Complete Questionnaires (Approximate time 7min): You will be asked to complete several questionnaires related your personal health, food intake and activity.
  • Perform the “Timed Up and Go Test” (TUG) (Approximate time 1min): For this test you will be asked to get up from a chair, walk 3m (about 10 feet), turn around, walk back and sit in the chair again. The time to completion will be recorded.
  • Mild exercise of the upper limbs (Approximate time 7 min): A trained member of the research team will be instructing you through some mild exercises of your upper limbs. While these exercises are being done the research team will be collecting information on your vital signs. This includes information on your blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Manipulate a wrist positioning device (Approximate time 5min): You will be asked to move your wrist into several positions while using a device developed at the University of Minnesota that collects information on the different movements you will be asked to make.

Candidates must fit the following criteria:

o   Men and women, 18-99 years of age in good health

o   Able to hear and comprehend instructions given during the study

Candidates will NOT fit the requirements of the study if they:

o   Have pain/injuries to the arm or hand

o   Lack the capacity to consent

If you are uncertain if this study would be for you, feel free to contact us for more information with no obligation. 

For more information, please contact Dr. Van de Winckel at 612-625-1191. For questions about the heart rate monitor and blood pressure testing, feel free to contact Dr. Manda Keller-Ross at 612-625-3175.

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Schedule of Events

Schedule of Events

PROCEDURE SCREENING TESTING  (+/1 20-30 min @ the State Fair)
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Questionnaires   X
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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

1.  What do researchers hope to learn?

Researchers hope to:

  • better identify associations between blood pressure, heart rate and mild upper limb exercises in seniors;
  • investigate associations between body awareness (proprioception) and risk of falling in seniors
  • to identify possible impairments in body awareness (proprioception), movement and sensation in seniors and compare these results with people who have had a stroke.

2.  How will participating in this study help?

This research helps us strengthen insight in the prevalence and impact of proprioceptive deficits and engender further research geared towards specific training to increase proprioceptive awareness in seniors and persons with stroke. With this study we will also be able to distinguish who is at risk for exercise-induced increases in blood pressure and heart rate, beyond what we would expect. This will strengthen our knowledge for future research to establish exercise dosage that would be optimal for populations at risk.

3.  How will I benefit from participating?

There is no direct benefit to participating in this study.  However, information from this study may help other people in the future.

4.  Does this cost money to participate?

There is no charge to participate. You will receive a University of Minnesota drawstring backpack and be eligible to participate in a drawing for a $25 VISA gift card. There will be two drawings per test day.

Meet the research team

Meet the research team

Principal Investigator

Co-Investigators

Study Staff

Becky J. Olson-Kellogg, PT, DPT, GCS, CEEAA
Associate Program Director and Assistant Professor

612-624-6591
olso0184@umn.edu

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Kaitlyn Lorant
Volunteer Researcher

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DPT (Doctor of Physical Therapy) Students

Holly Kramer
2nd Year DPT Student

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Courtney Koplien
2nd Year DPT Student

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Brett Lackie
2nd Year DPT Student

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Sarah Lansing
2nd Year DPT Student

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