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    Project Walk and CSU San Marcos to begin NIH funded study on bone density

    Project Walk and CSU San Marcos were awarded a 4 year $400,000 grant (1 SC3 GM095416-01) from the National Institutes of Health to study activity based therapy and its effects on bone density. We are currently recruiting participants. The details follow:

    There are approximately 12,000 spinal cord injuries (SCI) every year, with 80 % occurring in men. A primary complication of SCI includes severe reductions in physical activity which leads to muscle and bone loss as well as increased body fat. Treatment modalities to slow this deterioration in physical function include standing exercise, electrical stimulation, gait training, and resistance training, although their effectiveness is equivocal, as some studies show benefits of these exercise modes on muscle and bone health; whereas, others do not. Effective rehabilitation is needed in the SCI population to improve physical function, quality of life, and reduce risk of chronic disease.

    The aim of the proposed study is to examine the effectiveness of 6 months of multi-modal training on bone health, body composition, and quality of life. Participants will complete testing consisting of a bone scan, blood draw, and surveys at 0, 3, and 6 months of the study. Training will consist of 2 – 3 d/wk of multi-modal training at Project Walk for 6 months, during which compliance to training will be monitored. You will be paid up to $600/month for your participation in the study.

    Please address any questions regarding the study to Primary Investigator Todd A. Astorino Ph.D at astorino@csusm.eduor co-investigator Eric Harness, Director of Research and Development at Project Walk, at eharness@projectwalk.org
    Last edited by Snowman; 06-27-2011 at 03:29 PM.


    Eric Harness, CSCS
    Founder/President
    Neuro Ex, Inc
    Adaptive Performance and Neuro Recovery

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    Just to update and clarify the last post, this study is for people who are new to the Project Walk program or have not participated in at least a year (whether at our facility or at home).


    Eric Harness, CSCS
    Founder/President
    Neuro Ex, Inc
    Adaptive Performance and Neuro Recovery

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    Also, we are looking for controls who live locally and are not participating in the Project Walk program.

    Thanks


    Eric Harness, CSCS
    Founder/President
    Neuro Ex, Inc
    Adaptive Performance and Neuro Recovery

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    Snowman

    Regarding: "Training will consist of 2 – 3 d/wk of multi-modal training at Project Walk for 6 months, during which compliance to training will be monitored." Is that a minimum? We want to do something like ~2 hr-5 d/wk and participate in study.

    p.s.: Where on earth did you get the handle Snowman while in California?

    Thanks!

    Bon,
    From Canada, (shivers)



    Fit and healthy young man...SCI (07-25-10), tetraplegia, Brown-Sequard syndrome with C4-T2 fusion.

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    Bon

    The minimum is 16 hours per month.

    p.s. ...Snowboarding since 1989...


    Eric Harness, CSCS
    Founder/President
    Neuro Ex, Inc
    Adaptive Performance and Neuro Recovery

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