Apr 2, 2009

Cycling Study

From Louise Turner-

Dear cyclists,

My name is Louise Turner and I am a PhD student in Exercise Physiology in the department of Kinesiology in HPER. I am conducting a research study that requires the participation of trained cyclists, and would like to invite you to participate in a research project. The eligibility criteria for the study include being a trained male cyclist under the age of 40 and with no existence of heart, respiratory, or kidney disease (as determined by the completion of a standard medical questionnaire).

What is the study? There is evidence to suggest that inspiratory muscle training (training the muscles you use to breathe in) improves endurance performance in some individuals including cyclists, however the reason for these improvements are unclear. This study aims to look at whether IMT can change the oxygen availability in the muscles that you use to exercise and whether this affects your time trial performance.

This study involves a maximum aerobic capacity test [VO2max test] (~1hr), three 20-km time trials [one is a familiarization test] (~30min/session), two simulated exercise tests (~30min/session), and two exercise sessions (~2hrs/session) over a period of 6-8 weeks. You will also be asked to complete inspiratory muscle training on a daily basis (~5min/day). The tests can be scheduled to suit your schedule and would be able to start whenever it convenient to you (i.e after little 500, or any other commitments).

This research project is completely voluntary, and you can decide not to participate or withdraw from the study at any time. I appreciate you taking the time to consider participating in this study. Your participation in this study would be greatly appreciated, and if you have further questions or you would like more information then please do not hesitate to ask. You will be compensated for your time.

If you are interested in participating or would just like more information at this stage, please contact Louise Turner at loturner@indiana.edu or (812) 855-4632. If you know of anyone that maybe interested in participating please feel free to forward this e-mail to them. I really appreciate your help.

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