The Health and Exercise Science Department is located on the west side of the Worrell Professional Center located off of Carroll Weathers Drive. Classrooms and research laboratories are located on the ground floor. An additional classroom, student laboratories and faculty and staff offices are located on the first floor. Additional faculty and staff offices are located on the second floor. Access to research laboratories on the ground floor and the first and second floor is through the main lobby entrance. Access to all classrooms is through the doors at the covered bridge just past the main lobby entrance. Four large classrooms, including a tiered theatre style classroom, are available to the department. All classrooms are equipped with the latest multimedia automated touch panel systems. Student teaching laboratories include a Health Assessments and Human Anatomy laboratory. Research laboratories include the following: Behavioral Medicine, Biomechanics, Body Composition, Cardiovascular Function, Cognitive Testing, Dynamic Function Testing, Flexibility Testing, Functional Testing, Pulmonary Function and Ultrasound, Strength Testing and Tissue Processing. A description of the laboratories can be found below:
Health Assessments – Assessment Laboratory – The Assessment laboratory consists of a 1,028 square foot room equipped with a Parvo Medics’ TrueOne 2400 metabolic measurement system for cardiopulmonary stresstesting, indirect calorimetry, and maximal O2 consumption measurement. This system is equipped with a 12 lead electrocardiograph for resting and exercise ECGs. Exercise tests can be performed on either of two Trackmaster TMX425C Treadmills or one Monark Leg 818E ergometer or a Monark 881E Arm Ergometer. A Medical Graphics 1085 Series™ body plethysmograph for determining lung function, lung volumes, respiratory mechanics, airway resistance and compliance and diffusion capacity is located in this laboratory. One portable spirometer, a VacuMed “SpiroDoc” and NDD Medical Technologies “EasyOne”, is also available for use by students. Students may also estimate body composition using skinfold calipers, weight scales, stadiometer, and measuring tapes. Five Lenovo desktop computers may be used along with Biopac software and hardware to evaluate single lead ECGs and to perform pulmonary function testing.
Human Anatomy – The Department of Health and Exercise Science’s 1,764 SF Anatomy lab is located on the first floor of Worrell Professional Center. Preceding the entrance to the lab is a spacious entranceway with cubbies and hooks to store belongings outside of the lab dissection area. As you enter the lab, the windows offer natural lighting and a welcoming view of Wait Chapel along with plenty of counter area for examining models. Many seating locations are located proximal to the entrance to study specimens and more. Along the walls are whiteboards to illustrate important anatomical locations such as the brachial plexus. The lab includes three dissection tables with downdraft ventilation, as well as storage space for specimens and a safety shower. The abundance of space paired with the natural lighting from the windows creates an agreeable space for students, staff, and visitors alike.
Body Composition – The Body Composition laboratory consists of a 212 square foot space dedicated to a state-of-the-art GE Lunar iDXA system, providing research-grade body composition analysis. The scanning table is 113” x 52” x 25” and connected to a high-definition, direct digital detector. Features of the workstation include a technician desk and seat, Windows 7 personal computer with external hard drive, 20″ LCD monitor, and Lunar premium printer. enCORE (version 16) and CoreScan software are loaded onto the computer allowing for total body and regional tissue quantification. In addition, the laboratory holds a locked filing cabinet, semi-private participant changing area with seat, and Health o meter® professional scale (model 349KLX).
Behavioral Medicine – The Behavioral Medicine laboratory consists of a 233 SF space that houses a testing chamber equipped with a TV monitor for isolating participants from technicians during testing. The room is equipped with a BIOPAC system with modules to assess vagal tone and other biomarkers of stress including skin conductance and the eye blink response. In addition, the laboratory has an fNIR device for assessing change in prefrontal brain activation and 25 ActivPAL accelerometers with two docking stations to assess sedentary behavior and patterns of physical activity via accelerometry.
Biomechanics – The J.B Snow Biomechanics Laboratory is a state-of-the-art gait analysis laboratory, occupying 1,800 square feet. Two AMTI Model OR6-7-2000 force platforms are mounted in a 23m long walkway equipped with a TracTronix model TF100 duel beam timing system. The force platforms are interfaced with an AMTI Model Gen 5 six channel amplifier and software to analyze the forces and moments exerted during walking. Equipment used for kinematic analysis includes 6-Motion Analysis Corporation Eagle High Speed (500 Hz) Digital cameras and Cortex software. C-Motion Visual 3D software is used for kinematic and kinetic analysis. The motion capture and force platform systems are interfaced such that three dimensional motion of the lower extremity and joint and muscle moments of the hip, knee, and ankle are calculated. The 3D motion capture system can be integrated with a moveable staircase consisting of 4 steps where hip, knee, and ankle kinetics and kinematics can be derived for both stair ascent and descent. A Delsys Tringo wireless EMG system can be used to collect up to 8 channels of EMG data. Gait velocity can be measured with a 4.88 m long instrumented carpet. The carpet is composed of 18,432 force sensing sensors arranged in a 48 wide x 384 long grid. Data are sampled at either, 60, 120, or 240 Hz. The GAITRite is interfaced with a laptop computer that runs software to calculate variables related to gait performance. The GAITRite system is a valid instrument for determining gait velocity and other spatiotemporal parameters. 2D kinematic analyses for undergraduate laboratories are carried out using a Pentium computer, Sony digital video cameras, a Firewire card and MaxTRAQ 2D M2 digitizing and kinematic analysis software. The lab has 4 Pentium computers connected to the campus network.
Blood Draw – The Blood Draw laboratory consists of a 90 square foot room that contains the necessary supplies to collect blood samples, including a reclining and straight-back chairs, and vials for obtaining different aliquots of blood for separation into plasma, serum, or whole blood. Appropriate containers are located in the space for discarding biohazard materials. Once collected, the blood can be processed in the tissue processing lab (see description below).
Cardiovascular Function – The Henry S. Miller Cardiovascular Function laboratory consists of a 275 square foot room equipped with a Parvo Medics’ TrueOne 2400 metabolic measurement system for cardiopulmonary stress testing, indirect calorimetry, and maximal O2 consumption measurement. This system is equipped with a 12 lead electrocardiograph for resting and exercise ECGs. Exercise test can be performed on a Trackmaster TMX428CP Treadmill or a Lode Corival Bike Ergometer. For individuals wishing to be tested on their own personal bike, a Racermate electronically braked CompuTrainer is available.
Cognitive Testing – The Cognitive Function laboratory consists of a 200 square foot room equipped with examination pods that can be configured for a variety of testing platforms for up to 4 participants simultaneously. This lab has the capacity to host interviewer-administered neuropsychological tests, self-administered paper-pencil tests, and computer-based formats.
Dynamic Function Testing – The Dynamic Testing laboratory consists of a 184 square foot room equipped with Nautilus machines, an adjustable bench, and hand-held weights that range from 5 to 100 pounds. The ability to measure strength through a full range of motion is possible for muscles of both the upper and lower extremities.
Flexibility Testing – The Flexibility Testing laboratory consists of a 212 square foot room that provides privacy when assessing range of motion for both the upper and lower body. Hand held goniometers, arthrodial protractors, and a 7 by 4 foot padded range of motion testing table are located in this laboratory.
Functional Testing – The Functional Testing laboratory consists of a 1,436 square foot room and includes a 20 meter walkway for completing timed and distance specific walking tests. Additionally, various apparatus for assessing physical function and physical performance are located in this room. The ability to measure such tasks a stair climbing, lifting and carrying, ambulation and entering and exiting a car can be determined using the apparatus in this room. The myosin metabolator and ab carver, two specialized and task specific pieces of equipment for assessing the performance attributes of highly functional older adults, can also be found in this laboratory.
Pulmonary Function and Ultrasound – The Pulmonary Function and Ultrasound laboratory consists of a 342 square foot room. A Medical Graphics Platinum Elite Series™ body plethysmograph for determining lung function, lung volumes, respiratory mechanics, airway resistance and compliance and diffusion capacity is located in this laboratory. Two portable spirometers, a VacuMed “SpiroDoc” and NDD Medical Technologies “EasyOne”, are also available for use. A SonoSite M-Turbo ultrasound along with a 6 -13 Mhz transducer for musculoskeletal, nerve, vascular and venous imaging and a 4 – 8 MHz transducer for pediatric, abdominal and cardiac imaging are located in this laboratory. A dedicated computer with software for quantitative analysis of endothelial function via measurement of Flow Mediated Dilatation (FMD) of brachial arteries is available for use.
Strength Testing – The Strength Testing Laboratory houses a HUMAC NORM isokinetic dynamometer for comprehensive isometric and isokinetic muscular strength evaluation and a handheld Lafayette Instruments dynamometer with a load cell system to measure static force.
Tissue Processing – The Tissue Processing Laboratory is in a 187 square foot room equipped with a Beckman refrigerated centrifuge for separating whole blood into plasma or serum. There is over 20 feet of counter space for processing biological samples and conducting assays with samples. A National Health Laboratories Physicians Centrifuge is also contained in the room. A biohazard refrigerator is available for keeping samples and assay kits required for samples. A sink and appropriate biological materials discard receptacles are also contained in the room.