Exercise Science Physiology Laboratory

Our Exercise Science Physiology Laboratory is a well-equipped facility where our students have access to a host of equipment that allows for the assessment of body composition, muscular fitness, neuromuscular function, aerobic capacity, metabolic function, and other relevant physical performance and health outcomes.

  • parvo metabolic woodway treadmills

    Parvo Metabolic Carts & Woodway Treadmills

    Three Parvo Medics TrueOne 2400 metabolic carts are used to quantify oxygen consumption, energy expenditure, and substrate (carbohydrate and fat) oxidation. Our laboratory is equipped with two Woodway treadmills—these treadmills are durable and versatile, allowing exercise in motorized and non-motorized modes.
  • Squat Racks Tendo Power Analyzers

    Squat Racks & Tendo Power Analyzers

    The squat racks are utilized to demonstrate practical skills during the laboratory sections of our Strength and Conditioning course. The Tendo Power Analyzers allow for the measurement of velocity and power during applied movements such a squat, countermovement jump, or chair-rise task.
  • biodex system isokinetic dynamometer delsys electromyography system

    Biodex System Isokinetic Dynamometer & Delsys Electromyography (EMG) System

    The dynamometer allows for measurements of strength, velocity, and joint angle for most joints of the body. EMG is commonly used in conjunction with the dynamometer in order to assess the timing and amplitude of muscle activation during muscle contraction.
  • bioelectrical impedance

    Bioelectrical Impedance Analyzer

    Provides total body and segmental body composition measurements via measurement of resistance to a low electrical current.

    • microbiopsy


      Muscle Microbiopsy, or fine-needle biopsy, is a technique used for the collection of skeletal muscle tissue. Microbiopsies of human skeletal muscle are increasingly adopted by physiologists for a variety of experimental assays given the reduced invasiveness compared to the classic Bergstrom biopsy technique.
    • venipuncture


      Blood specimens are collected by individuals trained in phlebotomy for subsequent laboratory testing. Common assessments in our laboratory include insulin, glucose, metabolic panels, creatine kinase, lactate, C-terminal agrin, testosterone, cortisol, human growth hormone, markers of oxidative stress, leptin, and ghrelin.
    • Air Displacement Plethysmography

      Air Displacement Plethysmography

      The COSMED BOD POD enables for the measurement of body composition parameters via measurement of air displacement.
    • woodway force

      Woodway Force

      The Woodway Force is a non-motorized, electromagnetically braked treadmill capable of providing 15–150 pounds of resistance. Gait analysis parameters and a host of performance indices can be measured using this device.
    • ecg

      Electrocardiography (ECG)

      ECG measures the electrical activity of the heart, and is used to study and detect heart problems resulting from heart disease, such as heart attacks, arrhythmias, or irregular heart beats.
    • biodex balance system

      Biodex Balance System

      Measures slight variations in postural sway during static and dynamic balance assessments. The system also has options for balance specific training.

      • 1080 sprint

        1080 Sprint

        A portable, cable-resistance device that uses a servo motor to modulate resistance load between 1–15 kilograms. In addition, the software obtains performance data such as force, velocity, and power during the movement.
      • heart rate variability

        Heart Rate Variability

      • cosmed k5 wearable metabolic

        COSMED K5 Wearable Metabolic System



      • hydrostatic weighing

        Hydrostatic Weighing System

        Hydrostatic weighing is used to measure body density in order to obtain measures of body composition. This unit is commonly used for course lab assignments.

        • portable force plate and mobile emg electrogoniometry

          Portable Force Plates & Mobile Electromyography (EMG)

          The portable force plates are used to obtain kinetic data such as ground reaction forces and power during applied movements such as the vertical jump. Mobile EMG is used, in conjunction or separately, to assess the timing and amplitude of muscle activation during applied movements.

          • ultrasound


            Ultrasound is used for obtaining visceral fat, as well as morphological and architectural measures of skeletal muscle and tendons such as cross-sectional area or pennation angle.