Swim Performance Laboratory - The goal of the Swim Performance Lab is to understand the factors affecting human swimming performance across a wide range of ages and abilities. The lab is equipped with a swimming flume, a 25-yard swimming pool, and a wading pool. The lab uses a snorkel integrated with a metabolic cart that enables real-time measurements of oxygen consumption, substrate utilization, and economy while swimming in the flume. This lab is under the direction of Dr. George Crocker. Location: PE 38 & Pool deck. Website: www.swimperformancelab.com
Spinal Cord Injury Exercise Research (SCIER) - The goal of SCIER is to understand how exercises like body weight-supported treadmill training can be used to enhance neurological recovery, neural plasticity and exercise fitness. This lab is under the direction of Dr. Dy. Location: ASCL 109
Spinal Plasticity Laboratory (SPL) – This lab examines the effects of locomotor training in a rodent model of spinal cord injury using robotic devices. This lab is under the direction of Dr. de Leon. Location: ASCL 123
Exercise Physiology - This laboratory studies the effect of exercise on the brain and cognition. This lab is under the direction of Dr. Keslacy. Location ASCL 139.
Biomechanics – The biomechanics lab houses an eight-camera Vicon motion analysis system, two AMTI force plates, and an electromyography system. Current research investigates the factors that influence force and power output from skeletal muscle. The lab is under the direction of Andy Cornwell, Ph.D. Location: ASCL 110
The goal of the Cultural Sport and Exercise Psychology (CSEP) research lab is to examine (moving) bodies through psychological and sociocultural perspectives and to promote equity and social justice in/via kinesiology and related fields. This lab is under the direction of Dr. Sae-Mi Lee.
Environmental Exercise Physiology- This lab studies the effects of heat acclimation on exercise performance and various blood markers, and uniquely features a hypobaric chamber that we use to examine the effects of high altitude on the human body. The lab is under the direction of Dr. Nazareth Khodiguian and Dr. Ailish Sheard. Location: PE10.
The NeuroMovement Performance Lab is based on an integrative approach to research and practical clinical application of its findings. The goal is to combine, whenever possible, the principles of neuroscience with those of movement science, and cognitive science.
This approach aims to provide a multidisciplinary & broader context to understand relationships between movement mechanics, neurophysiology, neural control, injury processes, rehabilitation, performance, movement impairments, motivation for, and development of the movement. Studying movement strategies of healthy and impaired/injured individuals from a mind, body, and brain approach will allow researchers to revisit current approaches to assessments, rehabilitation, and return to performance protocols in their most practical formats.
Some equipment used in this research lab is wearable kinematic sensors and wearable fNIRS systems. This lab is under the direction of Dr. Clea P. Tucker, PT, DPT.