Volunteers needed for research study

Research topic/purpose of the study: The purpose of the study is to determine whether pre- and post-tongue muscle performance measures differ following a three-week stretching protocol of skeletal muscles.

Procedures: Participants will complete two testing sessions (pre and post), six-weeks apart, assessing tongue strength and endurance using the IOPI device and assessing flexibility using the DARI MotionCapture system.

Time: Participation will include two, 45 minutes-one hour testing sessions (pre/post).

  • Stretching group: will also include self-conducted stretching sessions three times per week for six weeks.
  • Control group: will maintain current activity level throughout the study.

Inclusion criteria:

  • Participants must be age 18 or older
  • Currently not engaged in moderate to high-intensity exercise four or more days per week
  • No known neurological disorder or recent oral surgery
  • No known muscular, orthopedic or functional movement disorder
  • Not under the influence of illicit drugs or alcohol

Location: 210 Heskett Center, Human Performance Laboratory.

For any questions or concerns, contact Jennifer Fernandez at jxfernandez2@shockers.wichita.edu, Zainab Khan at zfkhan@shockers.wichita.edu or Dr. Heidi Bell at heidi.bell@wichita.edu or call 316-978-5150.