Department of Kinesiology
Research and Training Laboratories
The facilities include two gymnasiums, 12 tennis courts, a wrestling room/gymnasium area, a weight room, and an all-weather track, as well as multipurpose fields for softball, football, soccer, and golf. Additional facilities include an archery range, a swimming pool, a dance room, a human performance laboratory, a sport and exercise psychology laboratory, and an athletic training laboratory.
Human Performance Lab
The Human Performance laboratory is equipped with Parvo Metabolic Cart, EMG, BodPod, Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometer, and an array of research-grade treadmills and bicycles.
- Body Composition Testing
- Electrical Impedance
- Skin Fold
Sport and Exercise Psychology Lab
The Sports and Exercise Psychology Lab with private client counseling space and collaborative meeting space. Services include:
- Performance Counseling
- Goal setting
- Team Building
H.E.A.T. (Heat, Exercise, and Thermoregulation) Lab
The Hydration Exercise And Thermoregulation [HEAT] Lab complete with a Cantrol Environmental Chamber, electronically-braked cycle ergometer and multiple methods to measure hydration. Services include:
Heat Tolerance Testing
The goal of the test is to determine your body's current ability to tolerate exercise in a hot environment. During these tests, you will walk on a treadmill at 3.1 mph at a 2% grade for 120 minutes in a 104 degree F and 40% relative humidity environment. During this test, we will continuously measure your rectal temperature, heart rate, and perceived exertion and thermal sensation for safety. Before the test, we will assess your hydration via a urine sample. To determine your sweat rate, we will measure your pre- and post-exercise body mass. We will end the test when one of the following occurs: 1) 120 minutes of exercise, 2) unsteady gait, 3) signs or symptoms of exertional heat illness, 4) you decide to stop the test, 5) heart rate greater than 180 bpm, or 6) rectal temperature equal to or greater than 39.0 degrees C.
Heat Acclimation Training
This procedure requires several successive days of training. The goal of these days is to slowly adapt your body to the heat. You will walk on a treadmill for up to 90 minutes in a 104 degree F and 40% relative humidity environment. We will continuously measure your rectal temperature and heart rate for safety. Before the test, we will assess your hydration via a urine sample. We will end the sessions when one of the following occurs: 1) 90 minutes of exercise, 2) unsteady gait, 3) signs or symptoms of exertional heat illness, 4) you decide to stop, 5) heart rate greater than 180 bpm, or 6) rectal temperature equal to or greater than 39.5 degrees C. Throughout these days we will gradually progressively increase exercise intensity or duration per day.
S.M.A.R.T. (Sports Medicine Athletic Rehabilitation and Training) Lab
The Athletic Training laboratory with state of the art teaching spaces, patient simulation examination room, video capture and projection capabilities, conference room with student library, and simulated athletic training clinic complete with examination and rehabilitation equipment. The program also has a human cadaver laboratory with a filtered ventilation system and an overhead dissecting camera system.
- Athletic Training Professional Development
- Functional Movement Screening