Modulation of muscle force control with ageing and physical (in)activity

Who can participate?

  • Young adults, aged 18-35
  • Inactive older adults, aged over 50, who do not take part in any sport or exercise training.
  • Lifelong physically activity older adults, aged over 50, who train for a specific sport for 3-6 hours per week. 

You must also be free from cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal and neurological conditions, be a non-smoker, not taking daily medication or suffering from long-COVID. 

What does the study involve?

  • Two visits to the laboratory at the University of Essex, Colchester. 
  • Each visit we will test your ability to control force in your hip, knee and ankle using an isokinetic dynamometer and your ability to maintain balance will be measured using a force plate.

If you are interested in participating or would like further information, please contact Dr Jamie Pethick at