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Testing Services

The Human Performance Laboratory offers body composition testing as well as other testing such as pulmonary function and flexibility.

Body Composition

The measurement of body composition is the calculation of the portion of the fat and lean tissue components of the body. It is used to determine body fat percentage and then calculate a recommended body weight. The lab is equipped to do three different kinds of body composition testing: hydrostatic (under water) weighing, Bod Pod and skin fold calipers.  Underwater weighing is the most accurate of the three tests and is considered the Gold Standard of body fat testing.

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Metabolic Testing

Aerobic Capacity (Maximal Oxygen Consumption, V̇O2 max):

The maximal oxygen consumption test is a measure of aerobic capacity.  It is a maximal effort test that is conducted while connected to a metabolic cart that measures oxygen consumption and carbon dioxide production.  This test determines the absolute maximum amount of oxygen that the individual can consume during aerobic exercise and is useful for prescribing training intensities for endurance athletes, monitoring training effects of aerobic activity, and measuring changes in health across time.

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Resting Metabolic Rate:

Resting metabolic rate is the energy required by the body to maintain the vital functions of the body in a resting state. This value allows you to calculate total daily energy expenditure, approximate the energy substrates being used, and to estimate caloric intake needs. This is a test conducted to determine the maximal amount of oxygen the body is able to consume per minute of physical activity. This measurement is used to determine cardiovascular fitness level and can somewhat predict aerobic performance. The lab is equipped to do maximal testing on a variety of different ergometers (bicycles, rowing) and on the treadmill.

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Lactate/Anaerobic/Ventilatory Threshold:

This is a test to determine the exercise intensity at which the body’s ability to clear lactate is exceeded by lactate production. This measurement is used to more accurately prescribe optimum training intensities for aerobic events such as cycling and distance running.

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Maximal Heart Rate Test:

This test is conducted to determine the maximal heart rate that an individual can achieve during physical activity. This measurement is used to prescribe aerobic exercise intensity, ensure peak training efficiency, and optimize performance. The HPL is equipped to do maximal testing on a variety of different ergometers (bicycles, rowing) and on the treadmill.

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Anaerobic Power Test:

The Wingate Anaerobic Power Test is used to assess peak anaerobic power, anaerobic fatigue and total anaerobic capacity. These values can be used to more accurately prescribe optimum training intensities for aerobic events such as cycling and distance running and for anaerobic events, i.e. sprinting. Other anaerobic power tests are also available.

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Sub-maximal testing:

Sub-maximal exercise tests are conducted to estimate maximal values and workloads. Sub-max testing is not as intense as maximal and does not require as much equipment or physical exertion. Tests include stair stepping, cycle ergometery, and treadmill protocols.

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Other Testing

Pulmonary Function Testing:

Pulmonary function testing is done to determine lung function values such as total lung volume, vital capacity and fractional capacities. These volumes and components of lung function and are important determinants of pulmonary health.

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Isometric Strength:

Isometric strength is the maximal force that a muscle group can exert in a fixed position. It can be performed to determine strength and muscular balance. Optimum strength and antagonistic muscle balance reduce the risk of injury and enhance performance. Isometric strength tests include: abdominal, chest press, low back, shoulder press, and upper back, as well as others.

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Flexibility Testing:

Flexibility is an important measure of an individual’s ability to move through the range of motion without causing injury. Optimum flexibility can reduce the risk of injury and enhance performance. Flexibility tests include: low back and hamstring, trunk rotation, and shoulder as well as others.

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Alter-G Treadmill Training

The Alter-G treadmill allows one to run or walk at a reduced percentage of their body weight. A pressurized unit around the treadmill provides lift to the participant, reducing effective body weight by up to 80%. The Alter-G may be used to rehabilitate from an injury or as a method to reduce impact stress during weight bearing exercise. The Alter-G treadmill availability is limited as HPL classes, research, and service obligations have priority.

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Other tests and protocols can be utilized and/or developed to meet your specific needs and interests.