Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Participants Wanted for Heat Acclimatization Study

I am working with a graduate student (Brianna Lui) on a heat acclimatization study this summer looking at seasonal changes in heat acclimatization.

Specifically, we are interested in the degree of seasonal acclimatization in wildland firefighters; however, we would like to compare their adaptations to seasonal acclimatization in regular, everyday people (Males only) in Missoula (ie. People that are not hanging out by a fire all summer long).

For the purpose of the study, we're calling these people "recreationally active individuals." Basically, it's anyone who may work throughout the week, and exercise at least 30 minutes most days of the week, but not more than about 10 hours of structured exercise per week - an example of "structured training" could be training for 1-2 hours of cycling/mountain biking/etc. per day.

We will do a maximal aerobic test and body fat test this month (May) and in August or September, as well as an exercise protocol in the lab one day this month (May) and one day in September; these times follow the summer seasonal changes as well as the wildland firefigthers seasonal occupation.

There will be a total of 4 visits: including a pre- AND post- summer maximal aerobic test (VO2 max) and body fat test (visits 1 and 4)!

The exercise protocol - visits 2 and 3 (once in May and once in August or September):
A walk for 1-hour at 50% of your maximal aerobic capacity in the environmental chamber at 110ËšF and 25% humidity on a treadmill. We will be collecting heart rate, core temperature, and skin temperature, so sensors will be used.

We will pay you about $100 for a total of approx. 5 hours of your time!

Let us know if you are interested and we can get you scheduled right away.

Please use reply all so that both Bri and I get the message.


Brent Ruby

Brianna Lui

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