Facilities

The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) meets the needs of today’s creative researcher and has the capacity to assist in answering tomorrow’s research questions.

Founded in 1963, the HPL has a long history of basic and applied research and outreach in exercise, physiology, biomechanics, and psychology. The HPL is used for both teaching and research and is represented by full-time and adjunct faculty members with varying research backgrounds and scientific interests.

Since its inception, the HPL has been involved in a variety of research areas including:
•Biomechanics
•Motor Learning
•Environmental Physiology (e.g. Heat Stress and Ozone)
•Cardiopulmonary and Thermoregulatory Physiology
•Human Nutrition (e.g. Fluid Balance and Body Composition
•Exercise and Muscle Metabolism
•Injury Prevention
•Health Benefits of Physical Activity and Fitness

Investigators have access to facilities that allow measurement of a comprehensive list of human performance characteristics. The HPL contains equipment and facilities appropriate for studying both biomechanical and physiological aspects of human movement. The laboratory is a recognized human testing facility with easy parking and building access. Various physical activities can be performed on fields and running tracks located directly adjacent to the HPL.

Human Movement Analysis Instrumentation

The HPL contains extensive human movement analysis instrumentation including equipment for the study of:
•Blood & Muscle Chemistry & Enzymology
•Metabolism & Energetics
•Skeletal Muscle Mechanics
•Electromyography
•Movement Kinetics & Kinematics
•Body Composition & Anthropometry
•Cardiorespiratory Function during Exercise
•Control & Acquisition of Motor Skills
•Psychosocial Aspects of Human Performance

Researchers can use a Hitachi Dual-Probe Ultrasound System, available at the Human Performance Lab (HPL), to non-invasively quantify muscle-tendon behavior and blood flow.
Researchers can use a Hitachi Dual-Probe Ultrasound System, available at the Human Performance Lab (HPL), to non-invasively quantify muscle-tendon behavior and blood flow.

Data Analysis

Several Mac and PC computers are available for data collection, reduction, graphing, and statistical analysis for biomechanical, physiological systems and human performance modeling.

Equipment

A variety of studies can be done using equipment available in the HPL. Types of equipment available includes:

  • Stainless Steel Environmental Chamber
  • Hitachi Dual-Probe Ultrasound System
  • Four Kistler & AMTI Force Plates
  • Motion Analysis Corp. 4 Camera, 3-D Video Analysis System
  • Noraxon Telemetried Electromyography
  • Mass Spec Gas Analysis System
  • 3 Custom Gas Analysis Systems
  • Biodex System
  • Various Treadmills & Bicycle Ergometers