Loughborough University are conducting a new training intervention focused on improving health and body composition in persons with motor complete spinal cord injury (SCI).

Information about Loughborough Universitys research

What are they doing?

This is a 12-week, home-based training intervention using neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES) of the quadriceps. Each participant will complete 3 training sessions per week, virtually supervised by a member of the research team. These sessions are expected to last between 30-45 min each. Half of the participants will be asked to consume a daily protein supplement as well.

Before and after the training intervention, participants will undergo a “health screening”, which will assess: body composition and markers of metabolic health (e.g., blood pressure, cholesterol levels, resting metabolic rate etc.) to see how the intervention has affected individuals’ health.

Why are they doing this research?

NMES has been shown to be an effective strategy to increase muscle mass in the paralysed limbs of persons with motor complete Spinal Cord Injury. However, more research is needed to understand 1) how this influences markers of metabolic health, and 2) whether increasing daily protein consumption will augment these potential changes.

Who are they looking for?

  • Men and women
  • 18-60 years of age
  • Motor complete Spinal Cord Injury 
  • More than one-year post-injury
  • Spinal cord injury at or above T10
  • Not lactose intolerant

Why should I take part?

  1. You will receive a personal, in-depth analysis of your body composition, metabolic health and nutritional requirements. The research team will be able to inform all participants how this information can be used in your day-to-day life.
  2. You will receive a free 12-week training program aimed at improving your body composition and metabolic health.
  3. Your travel expenses will be reimbursed.
  4. You will be contributing to the scientific literature which aims to help improve the health and quality of life for other people with Spinal Cord Injury.

How do I take part / find out more?

If you are interested in taking part in this study, or would like to learn more about what’s involved, please contact the lead researcher Jordan Fenton: [email protected]

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