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Exercise Recovery Study

Are you a male who is currently doing resistance training like lifting weights?

If so, you could help test new natural recovery drinks which may promote pain relief & help overcome muscle soreness.

Check your eligibility here

If you’re male with experience in training with weights, you could help medical research.

Thank you for your interest in RDC’s new study into the effectiveness of two exercise recovery drinks. The recovery drinks are made from natural ingredients and may promote pain relief and help overcome muscle soreness following resistance training, like lifting weights. To conduct with this study, we’re looking for males between 18 and 35 years old who are currently undertaking such exercise (or have done so recently in the past).

You’ll learn valuable information about your body’s performance. 

So if you’re a resistance trained male, between 18 and 35 years old, and not on any special diets such as vegan or macrobiotic, you could help with this study.

Once enrolled, you’ll be asked to attend our clinic in Newstead (Brisbane) for the exercise session part of the study. At the exercise session you will be given your allocated study drink, and then asked to perform two leg-press exercises over a two hour period…your recovery will be monitored during the following two-hours and at short follow up visits at 24, 48 & 72 hours.

During the exercise session your leg-press velocity & acceleration will be monitored using a ‘Push Device’. This provides valuable & accurate information about how your muscles fatigue during the exercises.

You will be one of 42 males divided into 3 groups of 14. Two groups will take active products, and one group will take a placebo (an inactive substance).

If you’d like to take part in this study, we’d love your help. More information is below, and the eligibility & registration form is on this page.

About the product you'll help test...natural exercise recovery.

You would be helping to test two recovery drinks, both made from natural ingredients. The first test product contains curcumin, a compound found within the spice turmeric, commonly used in Indian cooking. Curcumin is known for its anti-inflammatory actions in the body, in particular overcoming delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) – the pain and stiffness muscles suffer through damage from exercise.

The second product contains Palmitoylethenolamide (PEA) which is a type of fat most commonly found in animals. PEA has previously been studied for its pain relieving effects and may be of benefit in relieving the symptoms of DOMS.

About the study you'll take part in...exercise recovery monitoring,

If you’d like to help with this study, we’ll need your assistance over a 4 day period, attending our clinic in Newstead, Brisbane, a total of 4 times.

Day 1

  • Take study product
  • Blood sample taken
  • Questionnaires completed
  • Leg press exercises

Total time: 5 hours

Days 2, 3 & 4

  • Take study product
  • Blood sample taken
  • Questionnaires completed

Total time: 20 minutes on each day

If you fit the selection criteria and are otherwise healthy with a Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18.5 and 35 (see calculator on this page), we’d love to hear from you. Please register your interest by answering the questionnaire and completing the form on this page…we’ll then get in touch to begin the screening process.

About the benefits of taking part...check your body's performance.

In addition to helping advance research in an exciting area, as a participant in this study you will also:

  • Receive $100 cash as a token of appreciation for giving us your time.
  • Learn important information about your body’s performance, specifically power generation, movement velocity & acceleration.
  • Learn more about your body’s recovery from exercise by blood analysis of inflammatory markers.
Check if you can take participant requirements.

Are you…

  • A male between 18 – 35
  • Currently undertaking resistance training like lifting weights or doing push ups, or have done so recently in the past?
  • Not on any special diets like vegan or macrobiotic.
  • Otherwise healthy (no significant medical conditions)
  • A Body Mass Index (BMI) between 18.5 – 35 (see calculator below)
  • A non-smoker
  • Able to attend our clinic in Newstead, Brisbane, 4 times over a 4 day period.

Your BMI calculator

Calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) here…if your BMI is between 18.5 and 29.9, we would love your help on this study. Please register your interest by answering the questionnaire and completing the form on this page…we’ll then get in touch to screen you for suitability.

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Ethics approval &'ll be in safe, professional hands.

This RDC Clinical study has been approved by the Bellberry Human Research Ethics Committee. Approval number:  2017-11-841. This study is also registered on the Australian and New Zealand Clinical Trial Registry under Registration Number:  ACTRN12618000285257.

Alistair, our qualified Exercise Scientist will supervise your progress throughout the study. Your results in the study will be made available to you. Any of your personal information collected during the study will be kept in the strictest confidence and your rights as a participant are fully reserved.

About the location of the'll attend clinic appointments.

Our clinic is located in Doggett Street, Newstead, Brisbane.

We are walking distance from Commercial Road Ferry Terminal & local buses, and a quick 15 minute walk from Bowen Hills train station. We also have onsite visitor parking available.