I am SO close to being done, but I’m struggling to find the last few subjects. Recruiting for an experiment is tough, so I’ve turned to Tumblr for help.
This only applies to people in the Fort Collins, Colorado area. If you live in the surrounding areas and are willing to come to Fort Collins, then keep reading.
Here’s the deal - I’m a Graduate Student working towards my Masters in Biomedical Engineering at Colorado State University.
My Thesis project is titled “Effects of Prolonged Standing on Weight-Bearing and Muscle Activation Asymmetries”. Basically, I’m looking at the correlation between muscle activity and posture during prolonged standing. But to run an experiment like this, I need human subjects.
Don’t get scared off - It’s a completely non-invasive procedure. You would come into the lab and get this awesome low dose radiation DEXA scan, and I’d give you the results from it. Then I’d put some surface EMG electrodes (essentially just a fancy name for a sticker that reads your muscle activity) onto some of your hip, abdominal, and back muscles. I’d have you do some light exercises so I can get those muscles talking. Then you’d stand on a force plate for two 60-second trials and one 30-minute trial. For that 30-minute trial, I give you a great documentary to watch.
Sound awesome and interesting?
Well, here are the subject requirements:
- 18-30 years of age
- Relatively lean (BMI<30)
- Currently free of pain and injuries
- Free of chronic low back pain
- Free of medications affecting balance
- Not involved in activities requiring prolonged static standing
- Not pregnant (women only)
Would you be a good fit for a subject and are super interested in helping a grad student finish her thesis project?
Send me a message and we can get something set up!
Note: This all takes place in a Biomechanics lab at the Colorado State University campus. I will not ask you to meet me anywhere other than a professional lab at the University.
I’ve seen other Masters students on Tumblr post up for thesis help, and while theirs just required taking a survey, I thought I’d give this a shot.
It’s an awesome project, and you’ll feel pretty awesome for helping out.