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White Mountain Exercise Study

Postby bmatus » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:01 am

I'm a medical student working with Dr. Gary Foster at the Loma Linda VA Hospital. We are working on a research project that is looking at the effect of a novel preconditioning treatment on exercise performance at altitude. We are looking for participants to run a 7.5 mile trail to the peak of White Mountain (14,252ft). Two trips to the mountain will be required and transportation will be provided. Any interest, please contact.

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Postby Hikin_Jim » Tue Jul 06, 2010 10:07 am

Well, I won't be running at 14,000+ feet :shock: any time soon, but it sounds like a great study.

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Zip, Perry, this sounds like it'd be right up your alley. Scott Scott you too, yes? Joe, what about you? Florian?

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Postby Perry » Tue Jul 06, 2010 12:22 pm

I'm not sure if I can run that far right now. Out of shape. :(
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Just to clarify...

Postby bmatus » Tue Jul 06, 2010 3:17 pm

I used the term 'run' too loosely. I doubt many, if any, will be able to 'run' the whole course. The more fit, the better, but the baseline need is simply participants that can for sure finish the 7.5 miles. Also, the dates we are looking at are July 31st or Aug 20th for the first trip up and Sept 11th or 12th for the second trip. And for convenience sake, the preconditioning will need to be at the Loma Linda VA Hospital, so the closer you are to it the better.

Thanks for the comments so far.

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Postby Norris » Wed Jul 07, 2010 8:47 am

Hi, sounds interesting. I'm wondering how you plan to account for possible variations in temperature between the two dates? For me personally, the temperature is a huge factor. If it is 77 degrees Farenheit I'm going to do a lot better than if it is 86 degrees. If I interpret the temperature charts in this report correctly (page 13) it appears to me that the high temperature can vary between 25 and 30 degrees Celcius.

http://www.wmrs.edu/projects/cerec/pdfs ... nCEREC.pdf
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Temperature variation question

Postby bmatus » Wed Jul 07, 2010 11:59 am

It's true there will definitely be some temperature variation. The study design is set up to randomize the treatment versus nontreatment groups. This means for each given trip there should be a roughly 50/50 split in the groups. This will not solve all of the problems, but should serve to minimize any bias or confounding factors contributed by learning, conditioning, and hopefully weather. Thanks for the thoughtful comment and attached study. We tried to design the study as consistent as possible, but certain logistical items simply can't be avoided. Scrutiny can only help in this matter. Thank you.
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Postby tinaballina » Wed Jul 21, 2010 9:43 am

Hey Brenden, do you know Serena, she was mentioning something about this as well. It does sound interesting. August 20th is a Friday though.
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