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Opportunity to Participate in Study of Exercise and Cognition in Multiple Sclerosis

April 9, 2015

If you have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), researchers in the Departments of Psychological Sciences and Exercise Physiology at Kent State University would like to invite you to participate in a study examining how a one week exercise program affects fitness and thinking skills. Past research shows that a single week of water aerobics can increase both physical and cognitive fitness. The goal of the current study is to see if this type of exercise program can help those with MS in the same way. The low impact and cooling nature of water exercise is likely to be especially helpful for those diagnosed with MS.   

Individuals between the ages of 20-65 who have been diagnosed with MS and are physician-approved for exercise are eligible to participate. The study involves two physical and cognitive fitness testing sessions held on the Kent State campus. Those assigned to the exercise program will be asked to also attend a seven-day program of daily water aerobics, 60 minutes per session, tailored to fit individual needs of study participants. Individuals are compensated for their participation.

If you would like more information about the project, please email the research team at kent.ms.exercise.study@gmail.com, or call and leave a confidential voice mail at 330-552-8277. A member of the research team will contact you to provide more information and answer any questions you have about the project.

About Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are leading to better understanding and moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.

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