Labs and Research
The Exercise Science curriculum uses laboratory experiences for active learning. Most upper level ESAT courses have a graded laboratory component. Students work under supervision in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, the Biomechanics Laboratory, The Motor Learning and Vision Laboratory. Students additionally combine theoretical knowledge with practical experience in electrocardiography, exercise testing, exercise supervision, applied nutrition, and strength & conditioning procedures in a managed learning environment. They monitor and mentor students involved in exercise programs. Our labs and other physical facilities allow learning via student research and activity. Substantial opportunities exist for interested students to conduct independent research under the guidance of faculty mentors. Such projects have potential to be presented at the local, state, and national professional meetings. This provides students with unparalleled opportunity for professional development and personal growth. The following is a list of equipment that facilitates these efforts.
• Parvo TrueOne® Metabolic Carts
• Lactate Analyzers
• Quinton® Q-Stress® EKG Treadmills
• BioRadio® Monitoring Systems (EMG/EKG)
• Suunto Team Manager Monitoring System
• 8-Channel Telemetry Unit
• Armstrong RhythmSim®
• Monark Cycle Ergometers
• Monark Arm Ergometers
• Hydrostatic Weighing Tank
• Lafayette Motor Learning Devices
o Bassin Anticipation Timer® (Linear and Curved)
o Stability Platform
• Peak Motus® Motion Analysis System
• Dartfish® Motion Analysis System
• Pedar-X® in-shoe dynamic pressure measuring system
• AMTI® Force Plate
TLC (Therapeutic Lifestyle Change)
The TLC Program is an evidence based program for the enhancement of the cardiovascular health of the participants. It includes the proper screening and assessment of participants, and exercise and risk factor intervention processes using accepted professional standards recommended by the following organizations: American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and American College of Sports Medicine.
The TLC program is exercise based with two 30-40 minute sessions of moderate to vigorous (depending on the individual) exercise per week and education/risk factor management session. The program is 12 weeks.
Each program is individualized according to the participant’s physiological status and goals, as well as each participant’s risk factor profile and goals. Participants will be monitored each session by trained staff, with program adjustments made as appropriate using the ACSM Guidelines for Exercise Prescription.
The TLC Manual
ESAT 3420: Exercise Testing and Prescription – The Mentoring Project
The purpose of this project is to have students perform the entire scope of exercise programming challenges, from initial assessment, evaluation, adjustments, motivation, safety, resource utilization, re-evaluation and assessment of program efficacy.
Students will be assigned a number of clients by the end of week 2-3 (of the semester), and will be given time to meet with and test your clients. These clients are all students in HLTH 1100 Health and Wellness Class, and this project is aligned with the goals of this course.
Students will determine the appropriate pre-program tests to use, based on our recommendations, their training, their best judgment, their client’s goals and health status.
Students will provide an individualized program for each of their clients, and assist them in following it during the 10+ week time of this project. Their assistance will require regular contact – in person, their in-class weekly journals, telephone, email etc. – to assess response to the program, provide motivation, and allow for prescription adjustments.
The primary focus should be on cardiovascular system training. The guidelines from ACSM are the accepted methods. Deviations from these are not recommended.