CALLING ALL HIKERS! (thesis project)

The School of Health & Human Performance is looking for motivated recreational hikers and backpackers to participate in a Master's thesis project entitled, "The Effects of Shoe Type on Various Kinetic, Kinematic, & Physiological Variables During Step-Up & Step-Down Motions". The purpose of this study is to investigate the biomechanical and  physiological differences between hiking boots and trail running shoes during inclined walking and a stepping task.

What do I have to do?

The study requires ONE visit to the SHHP's Exercise Science lab (~1.5-2 hours in length) in which you would complete a stepping task and inclined walk in both hiking boots and trail running shoes.  

Why should I participate?

If you participate in the study, you can get a first-hand look at how an exercise science research project is conducted, as well as contribute to the growth of hiking biomechanics research. Participants of the study will also be entered into a raffle to win a free pair of hiking boots or trail running shoes following the study!

Can I participate?

To participate, you must meet the following criteria:

Be between the ages of 18-39 years old Have 1+ years of hiking experience (excluding paved walking/bicycle trails) Have not experienced a lower limb injury in the last 6 months Wear a Women's size 8.5+ or Men's 6.5-12 shoe

When is the study?

The study will be taking place during the summer, with testing beginning the week of June 25.

For more information, please refer to the attached flyer. If you are interested in participating or have any questions regarding the study, please contact Ashley VanSumeren via email at!

Monday, June 25, 2018

PEIF, 146 Exercise Science Laboratory

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Ashley VanSumeren

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