Exercise Science Laboratories

Exercise Science Laboratories

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DXA machine
weights in a weight room

The Exercise and Human Performance Lab​ and the Metabolic and Body Composition Lab are part of the Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences in the School of Education and Human Sciences.

Research Team

Mission & Vision

In conjunction with the Osness Human Performance Laboratories in the Robinson Center on the Lawrence Campus, the Exercise and Human Performance Lab​ and the Metabolic and Body Composition Lab offer students the opportunity to enhance education through practical application.

The Exercise and Human Performance Laboratory has a particular emphasis on examining the effects of various training programs on changes in muscular strength and functional performance parameters across the age span.

The Metabolic and Body Composition Laboratory has an emphasis on muscle and body composition as it adapts to disrupted homeostasis (exercise training, aging, injury or dietary alteration). Collectively, these labs work in synergy to create optimal evaluation of human interaction with exercise or nutritional interventions.

Opportunities for Students

On-going Projects

  1. Effects of acute and chronic endurance and resistance training on human performance and body composition across the life span
  2. Monitoring muscular and functional changes post knee arthroscopy in healthy athletes
  3. Evaluation and impact of blood flow restriction training on cardiovascular function, body composition and performance

Community Collaborators

University of Kansas Health System, Sports Medicine and Performance Center

Degree in 3 partners

Testing Capabilities & Equipment

The HSES laboratories offer training modalities commonly used in strength and conditioning, and various assessments of functional aging, body composition and human performance.

Gaining and maintaining strength and muscle mass throughout the lifespan is the best indicator of functional living and maximizing performance, especially as humans age and endure injury. The principles established in the Exercise and Human Performance Laboratory promote maximal function at any stage of life. We have the capacity to perform complex resistance training or aerobic exercise interventions and utilize the tools to assess maximal strength, functional ability, body composition, muscle composition, resting metabolism, respiratory function, maximal oxygen consumption and energy consumption.

We use these laboratories as active learning spaces where students can gain hands-on, applied experience that they can carry through life.

Opportunities for Fellow Researchers

More information to be provided. Please check back often.

lab equipment
table with computer
exercise bikes
computer reading
weights in the lab
weights in a weight room