Neuromechanics of walking

Does caffeine help people walk after spinal injury?

This study investigates the effects of low oxygen therapy and caffeine on motor recovery. Data we collect will be used to determine if this therapy may increase voluntary movement in persons spinal cord injury.

To participate, you must have sustained a spinal cord injury more than 6 months ago.

You may be asked to provide blood and saliva samples during your visits.

You will be compensated for each visit and in some cases for travel and lodging.

Study duration: 3 months, 25 visits






Visit outline:

  • Screening (1 visit, 1 hour): Assessment by licensed physical therapist

  • Baseline (3 visits, 2-5 hours): Assessment by licensed physical therapist, experimental training and testing of leg movement and walking ability

  • Study Intervention (15 visits, 2-3 hours each): Experimental training and testing of leg movement and walking ability in response to the breathing intervention

  • Follow-up (6 visits, 2-5 hours each): Assessment by licensed physical therapist, experimental training and testing of leg movement and walking ability post-intervention

Looking for a smaller time commitment? check out our Neilsen study!