Oct. 22, 2021


The purpose of this study is to investigate the effects of a 12-wk online exercise program on blood pressure, blood flow regulation and fitness (balance, endurance, strength, gait) in individuals with Down syndrome, compared to individuals without Down syndrome.

Who Can Participate?

  • Generally healthy individuals
  • Those with and without Down Syndrome
  • Between the ages of 18-35
  • Those who have a low active lifestyle (less than 30 min of physical activity a day)
  • Those who do not smoke and are not pregnant

Participant Requirements and Involvement

  • 3 Testing sessions in the Cardiovascular Research and Exercise Lab on the UNLV campus before and after the program:
    • Time for practicing and familiarization is included in the visits
    • Completion of health and physical activity questionnaires
    • Measurements for vascular health and heart health
    • Maximal exercise test to determine your cardiovascular endurance
    • DEXA scan for bone mineral density and body composition
    • 1 blood draw before and one blood draw after completing the program (optional)
  • A 12-week remote exercise program via Zoom
    • 1-hour exercise sessions 3 times per week led by an experienced physical therapist
    • The exercise program is specifically designed for individuals with down syndrome and includes exercises targeting their unique fitness needs

Are You Interested?

Please contact Dr. Thessa Hilgenkamp at thessa.hilgenkamp@unlv.edu in the Department of Physical Therapy at UNLV, if interested. Participants will be compensated.