Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Human Motion Lab

Participate in a voluntary research study

The Human Motion Lab is looking for participants to volunteer in ongoing research studies — find out more below. 

Oral contraceptive effects on knee stability

The purpose of this study is to understand how commonly prescribed oral contraceptives influence knee stability through changes in soft-tissues and reflexes. In this study, participants will visit the Human Motion Lab twice over four months to have their knee function and reflexes tested. To be eligible for this voluntary research study, you must be a young-healthy female (18-25 years) who is about to start taking oral contraceptives for the first time. This study consists of two 2-hour sessions and participants will receive $50 compensation for completing each study visit. For more information, contact us at MotionLab@uphs.upenn.edu or 215-294-9616 to setup a short telephone interview.

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Achilles tendon health and function

The purpose of this study is to understand the relationships between Achilles tendon pain, structure, and function. In this study, participants will visit the Human Motion Lab to have their Achilles tendons imaged using ultrasound and perform a series of tasks, like walking and calf-raises. To be eligible for this voluntary research study, you must be a young-healthy adult (18-45 years) and either have a) Achilles tendon pain (clinically referred to as 'tendinopathy') or b) no pain (control). Some study participants may be asked to return for a visit. This study consists of two 2-hour sessions and participants will receive $30 compensation for completing each study visit. For more information, contact us at MotionLab@uphs.upenn.edu or 215-294-9616 to setup a short telephone interview.

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