Research Study Recruitment

Feasibility and acceptability of a six week high intensity interval training program for persons with SCI

Principal Investigator: Alicia Koontz, PhD

Handcycling wheelchair racer

This is a research study conducted by the University of Pittsburgh. The purpose of this study is to explore the feasibility and acceptability of a 6-week high intensity interval training (HIIT) program for wheelchair users with spinal cord injury/dysfunction and low fitness.

You may be eligible to participate if you’re a manual wheelchair user and:
• You have an SCI that occurred at least six months ago
• You use a manual wheelchair full time (more than 30 hours per week)
• You are able to independently transfer
• You live within one hour of the Human Engineering Research Laboratories
• You have adequate strength and upper extremity function to operate a handcycle and/or arm ergometer

This study involves six weeks of HIIT exercise using a handcycle or ergometer. This study will require two visits to the University of Pittsburgh Metabolism and Endocrinology Research Lab and three in-home training sessions per week. During the lab visits, you will complete maximal exercise testing and power output testing. You may be compensated up to $200 for your time.

For more details, please contact the clinical coordinator: Khara James at 412-822-3700 or

Human Engineering Research Laboratories
Bakery Square, 6425 Penn Avenue, Suite 400
Pittsburgh, PA 15206 | (412) 822-3700 |