Research and Publications

Current Research

A list of the ongoing studies in the Exercise and Nutritional Health Institute is listed below.  If you are interested in volunteering, please email ENHI@uhcl.edu.

  Effect of Exercise and Nutrition on Health and Quality of Life
 

Principal Investigator: William E. Amonette, PhD

Purpose

To implement a long-term combined resistance and metabolic exercise program along with nutritional recommendations, determining the effect on body composition, flexibility, neuromuscular strength and function, balance, and metabolic capacity.      

Eligibility

  • > 40y or presence of metabolic syndrome
  • Willing to commit 2-4 days per week for monitored exercise
  • Willing to routinely document 5 day dietary record

Time Requirements

3-4 Testing sessions per year.

2-4 day per week daily exercise lasting approximately 45 minutes.

Testing Requirements

Less than 65 y
  • SF36 Questionnaire
  • Health Related Quality of Life Questionnaire
  • Height and Weight
  • Body Composition
  • Straight Leg Raise
  • Thomas Test
  • Grip Strength
  • 10 m Walk (front)
  • 10 m Walk (back)
  • Computerized Dynamic Posturography
  • Leg Press Power
  • Force Control
  • Isometric Bench Press
  • Cycle VO2max
65 y and Older
  • SF36 Questionnaire
  • Health Related Quality of Life Questionnaire
  • Height and Weight
  • Body Composition
  • Straight Leg Raise
  • Thomas Test
  • Grip Strength
  • 10 m Walk (front)
  • 10 m Walk (back)
  • Computerized Dynamic Posturography
  • Sit-to-Stand
  • Timed up-and-go
  • Force Control
  • 6 minute walk
  Association between Physiologic and Physical Characteristics and Race Performance in Young Swimmers
 

Principal Investigator: Kirk English

Purpose

To implement a long-term tracking program in a group of competitive swimmers, quantifying changes in physiologic and physical capabilities with development.  Second, to determine the association between anthropometric, physiologic, and physical capabilities to swim performance (race times) in pre-pubescent and young adolescent swimmers. 

Eligibility

  • Reasonably healthy according to the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Competitive swimmer between 10 - 21y

Time Requirements

Three to four testing sessions per year, approximately 60-120 minutes long.

Testing Requirements

  • Measurement of height and weight
  • Body composition test (sitting quietly in a small chamber for several minutes)
  • Countermovement Vertical and Static Squat Jump tests
  • VO2max test
  • Isokinetic tests
  • Pushup test
  • Hang body pull test
  • Trunk strength test
  • Forearm/Handgrip strength test
  Reliability of Peak Treadmill Exercise Testing in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder
 

Principal Investigator: William E. Amonette, PhD and Kirk English, PhD

Purpose

The purpose of this research study is to test the reliability of a simple graded treadmill peak exercise test in individuals with ASD. Second, to determine differences in aerobic fitness in neurotypical and adolescents with ASD. 

Eligibility

  • Diagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder or neurotypically developing adolescent
  • 13 – 21 years old

Time Requirements

Two testing sessions lasting approximately 60 minutes.

Testing Requirements

  • Treadmill VO2 max test
  Gender Differences in the Control of Balance and Postural Stability Among Soccer Players
 

Principal Investigator: William E. Amonette, PhD and Anne Anders, PhD

Purpose

The purpose of this research study is to determine potential differences in the functionality and integration of these three sensory systems, between male and female soccer players.

Eligibility

  • Reasonably healthy according to the American College of Sports Medicine
  • Free from orthopedic injury. If a volunteer has previously suffered an injury that required medical attention, he or she can only take part in the study upon receiving full clearance to return to sport from their physician.
  • Between 11 – 40 years old
  • Never had a seizure or seizure disorder diagnosis

Testing Requirements

One testing session, approximately 30 – 60minutes.

Time Requirements

Computerized Dynamic Posturography Assessment

  • Adaptation Test 
  • Sensory Organization Test
  • Motor Control Test
  • Limits of Stability Test
  • Single Leg Support Test 
  Reliability of Unilateral Leg Press Throws
 

Principal Investigator: William E. Amonette, PhD

Purpose

The purpose of this research study is to quantify the reliability between unilateral isometric and power testing measured using leg press throws at varying intensities and to determine the load that results in the greatest mechanical power output.  

Eligibility

  • Reasonably healthy according to the American College of Sports Medicine
  • 18 – 45 years old

Time Requirements

Two testing session, approximately 30 – 60minutes.

Testing Requirements

  • Isometric Leg Press Test (each leg)
  • Leg press power test at 30, 40, 50, 60, and 70% of peak isometric force production
Contact
  • Exercise and Nutritional Health Institute

    Phone: 281-283-3381
    Email: enhi@uhcl.edu

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    2700 Bay Area Blvd
    Houston, TX 77058

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