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High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Waitlist Available
Led By Patrick J O'Connor, PhD
Research Sponsored by University of Georgia
Eligibility Criteria Checklist
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Must have
Be between 18 and 65 years old
Screening 3 weeks
Treatment Varies
Follow Up change from baseline to week 7
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This trial will test whether 6 weeks of high-intensity interval training can help improve sleep for adult women who have experienced a traumatic event, and whether this is due to improved heart rate variability or reduced anxiety and hyperarousal symptoms.

Eligible Conditions
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Traumatic Stress Disorders
  • Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
  • Mental Illness
  • Exercise


Screening ~ 3 weeks
Treatment ~ Varies
Follow Up ~change from baseline to week 7
This trial's timeline: 3 weeks for screening, Varies for treatment, and change from baseline to week 7 for reporting.

Treatment Details

Study Objectives

Outcome measures can provide a clearer picture of what you can expect from a treatment.
Primary outcome measures
Heart Rate Variability
Pittsburg Sleep Quality Index (PSQI)
State Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI-Y2)
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Trial Design

2Treatment groups
Experimental Treatment
Placebo Group
Group I: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)Experimental Treatment1 Intervention
High-intensity interval training will be performed three times a week for a total of six weeks.
Group II: Waitlist ControlPlacebo Group1 Intervention
Waitlist participants were tested on the outcomes at the same time points as the treatment group (i.e., HIIT). Following completion of the waitlist treatment, participants will be eligible to receive a supervised exercise program (no data will be collected). The waitlist participants formed a no-treatment control group.
First Studied
Drug Approval Stage
How many patients have taken this drug
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

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Who is running the clinical trial?

University of GeorgiaLead Sponsor
102 Previous Clinical Trials
44,753 Total Patients Enrolled
Patrick J O'Connor, PhDPrincipal InvestigatorUniversity of Georgia
3 Previous Clinical Trials
162 Total Patients Enrolled
~12 spots leftby Jul 2025