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Electrical Stimulation During Immobilization (ESDIM)

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT01513486
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : January 20, 2012
Last Update Posted : May 22, 2013
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lex Verdijk, Maastricht University Medical Center

Brief Summary:
In the present study, the effects of 5 days of lower limb immobilization with or without daily neuromuscular electrical stimulation on muscle mass and muscle fiber characteristics will be determined.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Disuse Atrophy Immobilization Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation Behavioral: immobilization Not Applicable

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 24 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Basic Science
Official Title: The Effects of Daily Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulation on Muscle Mass During Short-term One-legged Knee Immobilization in Healthy Young Men
Study Start Date : March 2012
Actual Primary Completion Date : December 2012
Actual Study Completion Date : January 2013

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Immobilization with NMES
Immobilization with daily NMES
Behavioral: immobilization
Placebo Comparator: Immobilization without NMES
Immobilization without daily NMES
Behavioral: immobilization

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. muscle mass, muscle fiber size [ Time Frame: three days before immobilization, and directly after immobilization (day of cast removal; day 6) ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. muscle strength measured by quadriceps 1-Repetition Maximum by Leg Extension [ Time Frame: three days before immobilization, and directly after immobilization (day of cast removal; day 6) ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 35 Years   (Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Male
  • Aged from 18-35 years
  • 18.5 < BMI < 30 kg/m2

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Smoking
  • Performing regular resistance training in the previous 6 months
  • Hypertension (according to WHO criteria) [46] and/or cardiovascular disease
  • Any back/leg/knee/shoulder complaints which may interfere with the use of crutches
  • Use of any prescribed medication
  • Type 2 diabetes mellitus
  • Any family history of thrombosis
  • All co-morbidities interacting with mobility and muscle metabolism of the lower limbs (e.g. arthritis, spasticity/rigidity, all neurological disorders and paralysis).
  • Myocardial infarction within the last 3 years
  • Use of anti-coagulants

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT01513486

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Maastricht University Medical Centre
Maastricht, Netherlands
Sponsors and Collaborators
Maastricht University Medical Center
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Principal Investigator: Luc JC van Loon, PhD Maastricht UMC

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Responsible Party: Lex Verdijk, Assistant Professor, Maastricht University Medical Center Identifier: NCT01513486    
Other Study ID Numbers: MEC 11-3-073
First Posted: January 20, 2012    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 22, 2013
Last Verified: May 2013
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Muscular Disorders, Atrophic
Pathological Conditions, Anatomical
Muscular Diseases
Musculoskeletal Diseases
Neuromuscular Diseases
Nervous System Diseases