Research

There are many active research projects underway in the Kinesiology, Recreation and Sport Science’s Exercise Physiology Laboratory! Here is an overview of the current active projects. If you would like more information about the study or are interested in being a potential subject please contact the name listed at the bottom of that particular study!


Title: Knoxville Moves: Log-in and Get Mobile

Make a New Year’s resolution to become more physically active or just been thinking about walking more on a regular basis for awhile now in an effort to improve your health/fitness, but would like some motivation, support, ideas, and advice to help ensure success?  Want to be part of an innovative UTK program that delivers all of the help you need in one of the most convenient and accessible ways possible?  If you answered yes, then it is time for you to consider becoming part of an exciting, new study centered on the usefulness of an Internet and smartphone technology intervention for promoting walking among adults.  It is happening right now!

 If you own a smartphone, are relatively inactive/insufficiently physically active, and between the ages of 18-64 years, then you may be eligible to participate.  Eligible participants will participate in a 12-week program that will involve access to supportive websites and a supportive smartphone application, the use of a pedometer, and three visits to the Applied Exercise Physiology Laboratory in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation building on the UTK campus for a website/smartphone application training session (75 minutes) and FREE health/fitness testing (two 75-minute sessions).
Contact: Courtney Monroe cmonroe9@utk.edu or 865-974-8804

Title: Psycho-physiological effects of TV viewing during exercise

Study description: Examining the effects of TV Viewing during exercise on psycho-physiological variables in sedentary college students. Testing will include 3 visits 1) a graded maximal exercise test on a cycle ergometer 2) a 30 minute exercise session with TV viewing and 3) a 30 minute exercise session without TV viewing. All testing will be performed in HPER 317. Assistance will be needed during maximal exercise testing, data analysis, data entry, subject recruitment, and data management.

Contact: Brittany Wilkerson bwilker8@utk.edu


Title: Accuracy of the SenseWear Pro3 Armband During Rest and Treadmill Walking Across BMI categories.

Study description: The purpose of this study is to test the accuracy of the SenseWear Armband in measuring energy expenditure. The accuracy will be tested by wearing the SenseWear Armband and taking oxygen consumption (with the Parvo Cart) during seated rest measures and during 2 walking speeds. Subject participation includes coming into the lab for 1 testing session lasting about 1 hour. All participants will receive a free pedometer, resting energy expenditure measure, and a walking program. Testing will take place in the HPER lab (room 317), will last about an hour.

Contact: Bethany bforseth@utk.edu


Title: Active Families in the Great Outdoors

Study description: It is well understood that children and adults do not participate in sufficient physical activity (PA) to meet recommendations, and current literature also documents the decline in the time children are spending being active outdoors.  The Active Families in the Great Outdoors (GO) program is designed to engage families (children ages 7-17) in outdoor physical activity together.  The study is a 10 weeks long and is broken into 4 weeks of intervention and 6 weeks of follow-up.  The intervention involves parents and children to wearing pedometers and completing family activity logs. The follow-up period will involve the continuation of the logs. It also provides families with information about being active outside in the Knoxville community and. Student volunteers will be responsible for assisting with baseline assessments (height, weight, surveys) on campus in the Applied Physiology Laboratory.  Student volunteers will also be needed to assist with setting up and running two off campus family meetings (Outdoor Knoxville Adventure Center and Ijams Nature Center) and with data entry and management.

Contact: Jenny Flynn jflynn6@utk.edu


Title: The Energy Expenditure and Feasibility of Two Prenatal Yoga Programs

Study description: This study is the first of its kind to measure the energy expenditure, heart rate responses, and feasibility of prenatal yoga. Using two popular yoga DVD’s, ”Prenatal Yoga with Shiva Rea” and “Jennifer Wolfe’s Prenatal Vinyasa Yoga,” this study will establish whether prenatal yoga can be categorized as moderate intensity exercise. Although yoga is a low-impact form of exercise that can easily be adapted for pregnant women, to date no study has ever attempted to measure the metabolic and heart rate responses to this practice in pregnant women. Given the current recommendation by the American College of Sports Medicine of moderate exercise during pregnancy, these results from this study will establish whether yoga can be included and even substituted for traditional exercise during pregnancy. In addition to the metabolic and heart rate responses, the feasibility of both prenatal yoga DVD’s will be measured via questionnaire. Participants will be required to come to the Applied Physiology Lab on three (3) separate occasions and must be between 13-28 weeks gestation.

Contact: Doree Gardner dgardne7@utk.edu