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USF grad student looking for participants for coronavirus-related research

Posted at 5:17 AM, May 18, 2020

A University of South Florida graduate student pursuing her master's degree in exercise science needs your help to study how people's exercise habits have changed during the pandemic.

Since the campus shut down right after spring break, Balea Schumacher couldn't do any labs or research. As she did her classes at home, she noticed more people in her neighborhood outside exercising.

Schumacher decided to check in with her professor to see if she could submit her hypothesis for a research project. It's titled "Influence of Time and Physical Activity with the COVID-19 Pandemic."

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"Hopefully, it can be eye-opening to some people who may not have engaged in a lot of physical activity before this," Schumacher said. "But, now that they've had the time and resources and they're at home, that maybe they've found a new hobby and down the line that could really help them."

Schumacher needs participants ranging in age from 18 to 99, male and female. The only exception is the participant couldn't have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

If you'd like to participate, you can email Schumacher at She'll send you a consent form.

Once you sign that, you'll get a survey that will take about 10 minutes. Then, in late November, she'll send those participants another survey.

The deadline to get involved in Schumacher's study is Wednesday, May 20.