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Project DASH: Developing Adaptive Stretching Habits

Description: Six-week study to examine the effect of habit formation strategies on hamstring stretching behavior and flexibility.

Research Study Type and Location: Behavior change intervention. Visits will take place in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) Building – University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Study Purpose: To test a 1-time workshop intervention designed to help you develop a daily hamstring stretching habit over six weeks.

Study Design: If you take part, ALL participants will receive the same 1-time stretching intervention in a one-on-one setting. You will be taught how to initiate a daily stretching habit, cope with changes in your physical/mental states to build this habit, and complete a flexibility test. Then, for 6 weeks, you will complete Internet-based surveys to report stretching behavior (daily) and perceptions of habit formation / exercise behavior (weekly). You will return to the HPER Building 3 and 6-weeks after the intervention workshop. Both visits will include flexibility testing, and the final visit will include a semi-structured, one-on-one interview to understand your experiences in the study.

Study Requirements: Eligible individuals will be at least 18 years old, own a smartphone with texting, email, and Internet capabilities, stretch less than two days per week, and be injury-free (muscle, joint, bone) for the past 6 months, not currently be enrolled in an exercise program. Women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or less than 6-months post-partum will not be eligible to participate.

Study Duration and Time Commitment: Following the 1-time workshop (90-min), you will be enrolled for six weeks. Daily/weekly surveys will take fewer than 5-min, flexibility testing sessions will take 20-min, and the interview will take 40-min.

Study Contact: For more information, contact Dr. Strohacker to attend a group informational session (30-min). If you consent to participate at this session, you will also complete baseline surveys, have your height and weight measured, and schedule your 1-time workshop (20-min).

Kelley Strohacker, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor of Exercise Physiology); kstrohac@utk.edu