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Research

Health and Kinesiology faculty and students have access to a variety of laboratories and facilities that provide for research, student learning and community engagement.

Laboratories include:

  • Max E. Wastl Human Performance Laboratory
    An exercise physiology research laboratory equipped with two separate stations for testing of whole body metabolism and stress testing, a wet chemistry lab to allow for the analysis of muscle, blood, and other body fluids and equipment to perform techniques in cellular immunology.
  • Motor Behavior Laboratory
    The motor behavior laboratory has a state of the art magnetic motion capture system as well as a robotically controlled arm Research in the lab focuses on theoretical issues in human movement timing, spatial and temporal errors as well as the speed accuracy trade-off. More applied work involves the timing control in children with ADHD, motor control in people who stutter, timing in children with specific language impairment and the nature of expertise in grand slam tennis performance. We use standard information processing analytical techniques as well as some newer dynamical system approaches to understand the fundamental nature of motor learning and control.
  • Lifespan Motor Development and Control Lab
    Investigates the motor and cognitive processes underlying changes in balance and mobility throughout the lifespan using a variety of equipment including 3D motion capture and force plates.
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology Laboratory
    Equipped for conducting interviews, focus groups, questionnaires, and observational assessments both in-house and in the field, as well as managing and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data to support research activities in sport, exercise, physical activity, and health behavior.
  • Teaching and Learning Laboratory
    Includes an experimental classroom, a well-equipped gymnasium, a resource library, and a computer laboratory incorporating a variety of quantitative and qualitative assessment tools for the study of innovative classroom and gymnasium teaching methods.
  • A.H. Ismail Center for Health, Exercise and Nutrition
    A collaborative effort with the Department of Nutrition Science, promotes research on health, exercise and nutrition and serves as a clinical laboratory for students.

Utilizing a multidiscipline, team approach, Health and Kinesiology is a leader in faculty-led, student-centered research. Exploring basic and applied questions as they relate to human movement and healthy behaviors, recent collaborations have increased our understanding of the physiological, neurological, psychological and social changes leading to improved quality of life and disease prevention across the life span. Health and Kinesiology continues research efforts on the big challenges facing a rapidly changing world — from those that influence healthy youth development to those that ultimately limit quality of life and life expectancy.