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.
- 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.
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