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Kent State exercise science/physiology faculty gets grant to study probiotics and exercise

Kent State University

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Kent State University's Exercise Science/Physiology Program was awarded a $248,000 grant by i-Health Inc. to conduct a study relating to the use of probiotics and physical exercise. Kent State faculty and students are interested in combating heat-caused complications during exercise, such as heat stroke and heat exhaustion.

Under the direction of Ellen Glickman, Ph.D., and Adam Jajtner, Ph.D., exercise science/physiology faculty members in Kent State's College of Education, Health and Human Services, undergraduate and graduate students in the program will examine whether supplementation with a probiotic-containing beverage is protective during exercise in a hot environment through a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial.

"Primary outcomes include multiple indices of physical performance during heat stress and recovery, including endurance, power and strength," Dr. Glickman said. "Secondary outcomes include psychological status and cognitive function during these same periods. A subset of individuals will provide biological samples to clarify possible mechanisms, including inflammatory markers."

The i-Health grant will help to cover lab use, sampling, measurement and disposal of items related to this experiment. Founded in 2011, i-Health is a consumer-packaged goods company that focuses on helping people enhance their personal wellness.

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For more information about Kent State's Exercise Science/Physiology Program, visit http://www.kent.edu/ehhs/exph.

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Kent State University's Adam Jajtner, Ph.D., and Ellen Glickman, Ph.D., stand next to an exercise bike in their research lab. The two exercise science/physiology faculty members will lead a study related to the use of probiotics and physical exercise.

Media Contacts:

Ellen Glickman, eglickma@kent.edu, 330-672-2930

Emily Vincent, evincen2@kent.edu, 330-672-8595

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