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We Need the Strong, Fit and Inactive for Innovative Project

Wednesday, 16 September 2020


Participants are needed for an innovative project examining whether being strong, fit, or inactive affects mechanisms in the nervous system responsible for producing muscle force. It is well-known that neural adaptations generated by physical activity enhances performance, but recent advancements in technology now allow us to investigate the nervous system in a way that was not previously possible. With access to specialised surface (skin) electrodes that can detect the difference between the activation of individual nerves, this project will investigate these responses in people with a history of long-term physical activity or sedentary behaviour. To investigate these outcomes, participants will perform several low-intensity contractions of their leg muscles during various tasks and undergo painless vibration of the tendon below the knee.

Participant requirements:

  • Between 18 - 40 years of age.
  • Complete physical activity questionnaires.
  • Attend 1 experimental session (2.5 h) in the Neurophysiology Research Laboratory at Edith Cowan University, Joondalup campus.
  • Not taking regular medication (except for contraception).
  • Do not have a neurologic, cardiorespiratory, or psychological condition.

Participants will receive a $20 voucher upon completion.

If you would like to receive more information and potentially participate, please email Dr. Grant Rowe (


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