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Intermittent Hypoxia Therapy in SCI

The purpose of this research study is to investigate the effects of upper limb training while breathing low oxygen on arm strength and function in people with SCI. 

Duration

Total duration of this study is approximately 5-6 months including baseline testing (4 hours), intervention (3-5 training sessions a week for 4 weeks), 3 follow-up testing sessions (at weeks 1, 2, and 4), and long-term follow-up testing (at weeks 8 and 12). 

Inclusion Criteria
  • Individuals who have a history of motor incomplete SCI at or below C-2 and at or above T1 as confirmed by the staff staff screening examination
  • aged 18-75
  • have an SCI for at least 6 months
  • have the ability to open and close at least one hand, without any assistance and without significant compensation of using other muscles to perform this task
  • have no history of congestive heart failure, cardiac arrhythmias, uncontrolled high blood pressure, uncontrolled diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, emphysema, severe asthma, previous heart attack, or known blockage of arteries in the neck or head.
Compensation

Participants who complete the study can receive up to $840.

Research Categories
Spinal Cord Injury
Actively Recruiting
Yes
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