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Carbon Fiber Insole Effect on Balance Study

The purpose of this study is to investigate age effects on foot-ankle mechanical power interactions in walking and their underlying mechanisms to improve walking performance and economy in older adults.

Age & Gender

  • 18 years ~ 85 years
  • Male, Female, Gender Inclusive

Visit Availability

  • Standard business hours (M-F, 8-5)
  • Extended hours (M-F, early morning or evening)
  • Weekend hours, if needed


North Carolina (Statewide)

What will be asked of you

During your visit, you will perform several balance challenges while walking on a treadmill. We will record your body motion and you will wear carbon fiber insoles.


$10 an hour up to $60

In-person visits:
Total length of participation:
Up to 6 hours over up to 2 visitis

Looking for Healthy Volunteers

Requirements for healthy volunteers are different than for those with a specific condition. If you are interested in becoming a healthy volunteer for this study, use the below categories to determine if you are able to participate.

Able to participate:

  • you are between the ages of 18-35 years old or 65-84 years old
  • you can walk without an assistive aid (e.g. walker or cane)

Not eligible if:

  • you have had a leg injury in the past 6 months
  • you have a neurological disorder of the legs, for example peripheral neuropathy
  • you have a vascular disorder of the legs, for example peripheral arterial disease

Contact the Team

Visit Location

Contact & Visit Location

Primary Contact

Primary Visit Location

UNC Applied Biomechanics Lab
Mary Ellen Jones Building (UNC-Chapel Hill)
116 Manning Dr, Chapel Hill, NC 27599, USA

Additional Study Information

Principal Investigator

Aubrey Gray
Biomedical Engineering - Undergraduate

Study Type

Behavioral or Social

Study Topics

Bones, Joints, Muscles
Healthy Volunteer or General Population
Wellness and Lifestyle

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