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Research study seeks males 65 and older

If you encounter a challenging surface or condition while going about your regular daily activities, your body will adapt automatically in order to improve or maintain stability and balance. However, this ability to adapt to changing or challenging circumstances changes as you age, in part as your muscles naturally get weaker and you decrease involvement in some activities, sometimes resulting in an accidental fall.

The Computational Biosciences Program is recruiting volunteers to participate in a research study. Specifically, the research team is seeking older adult males who:

– are over the age of 65
– have experienced an accidental fall in the past 12 months
– have no history of lower limb or back surgery
– Your participation in this study will help to investigate just how your body adapts to these external conditions and how these adaptation strategies differ between young and older adults. Results of this study may be used to inform targeted muscle training programs to improve whole-body function and reduce risk of injury.

Participation will require two biomechanics sessions (one one-hour session, one two-hour session) at the Center for Orthopaedic and Biomechanics Research (COBR) on Boise State campus and one 1-hour session in a nearby medical imaging center. MR images of participants’ knees will be acquired along with full-body video motion capture. Activities include: gait, stair ascent/descent, pivot turn.

Participation is voluntary and participants will be compensated $50 if they complete the study.

If you are interested or have any questions, please email:

– Centre for Orthopaedic and Biomechanics Research at
– Amy Holcomb, Computational Biosciences Laboratory at

This research is conducted under the direction of Clare Fitzpatrick, principal investigator, BSU IRB 126-MED19-021.