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Hockey parent study

Parents of children who play hockey are invited to participate in an online survey on feelings and behaviours about being a hockey parent. 

The goal of this study is to learn about how people feel and behave while being a hockey parent, and how being a hockey parent relates to other parts of people’s lives.

Participation eligibility: You qualify for this study if you are the parent/guardian of a child who is currently playing organized hockey. We also ask that only one person complete this survey from each household.

Time commitment: Approximately 15 minutes to complete the survey.

Researcher: Julie Brodeur Researcher:
Advisor:  Dr. Benjamin Schellenberg

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Towards Restoring Scapular Position and Motion Through Mapping Muscle Activation of the Trapezius

We are comparing muscle activation within the upper, middle and lower trapezius in individuals with and without scapular dyskinesis.

Participation eligibility: Seeking adults aged 18-60, right-hand dominant, no pain in their shoulder, upper back or neck on their right side.

Time commitment: Screening for the study takes 5 minutes, followed by a single visit that takes approximately 1 hour.

Researcher: Brad Bergen

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Eccentric quasi-isometric contractions

This study examines sex differences in the muscle and force response to eccentric quasi-isometric contractions (EQIs). 

EQIs are a novel method of resistance training that involves holding a static muscular contraction for as long as possible. 

Participation eligibility: Seeking adults aged 18-35 and regularly participate in resistance training.

Time commitment: 2 x 2.5 hour sessions

Researcher: Zachariah Henderson
Advisor: Trisha Scribbans

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Do alterations in the distribution of paraspinal muscle activity precede the onset of low back pain in response to prolonged standing or vice versa?

We'll be looking at muscle activity in the low back muscles and the position of the lumbar spine during prolonged standing.

We hope to determine if differences exist in the amount of muscle activation within the low back muscles in individuals who develop low back pain and those who don't in response to two hours of standing; and if there's a relationship between the onset of changes in muscle activation, lumbar spine positioning and pain.

Participation eligibility: Seeking men and women aged 18-50.

Time commitment: 2 visits, 3 hours total

Researcher: Jasper Wang

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How do sound and movement interact when we learn serial skills?

We are investigating how different ways of presenting sound affects serial motor learning.

Understanding how the presence of sound influences motor skill learning can inform rehabilitative practices, such as the use of dance and music activities for neurorehabilitation.

Participation eligibility: Seeking healthy adults aged 18-35.

Time commitment: 2 sessions, remote partcipation

Researcher: Elena Broeckelmann

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Study for those at risk for type 2 diabetes and who are inactive or whose fitness has stalled

The aim of the study is to test different approaches to helping people with prediabetes become more physically active, which can significantly decrease their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

  • a family history of Type-2 diabetes
  • a weight that is above recommended levels 
  • currently engaging in no or low physical activity 

Time commitment: All participation is virtual. Particpants must have one 1-1.5 hour one-on-one meeting with a researcher and then participate in weekly group sessions over 7 weeks. The study also involves completing an online questionnaire and wearing a physical activity tracker before the study starts, when it ends and at the 6 and 12 week marks after the study.

Researcher: Shaelyn Strachan:

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Sport as a pathway to sexual health education: An exploratory study

The purpose of this voluntary study is to examine the intersections between sexual health education and the culture of sport by interviewing participants about their sexual health education knowledge and how sport has helped them understand certain topics.

Participation eligibility: You must be 18years or older. Current or former varsity level athlete and/or equivalent (eg. national-level figure skater, cheerleader, weightlifter, etc.).

Time commitment: You will be asked to take part in a virtual interview (Zoom) for approximately 1 hour. You will be asked 10 short questions. The questions are non-invasive and do not ask you about any matters relating to your personal sexual activity or sexually transmitted infections.

The questions are non-invasive and do not ask you about any matters relating to your personal sexual activity or sexually transmitted infections. 

Researcher: Cristine Vlcek, a master's student in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management under the supervision of Dr. jay johnson.

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Do you eat oatmeal for breakfast?

Do you usually eat breakfast and have normal blood sugar?

If so, you may be eligible to participate in a short nutrition study at the University of Manitoba looking at the effects of oatmeal on blood sugar.

Participation eligibility: You. must be between 18 and 50 years of age.

Principle investigator: Dr. Dylan Mackay

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