Anaerobic power assessment
This test is used to assess how much power the muscles can generate in a short amount of time. The subject will be asked to do a 30-second bout of pedaling as fast as he/she can on a stationary bike while a predetermined amount of resistance is applied to the bike, making it hard to pedal.
Skeletal muscle strength and endurance analysis
Skeletal muscle strength and endurance can be analyzed with a group of muscle function tests, including isokinetic test using Cybex, power test, and 1RM test.
Muscle biopsy procedures
These procedures are taken to investigate molecular structures and biomarkers after participants complete a research study. Observations are being made as to whether there are specific biomarkers that can be found in muscle tissue, blood, and urine samples after a given protocol.
Detecting Physical Activity Patterns from Wearable Sensors
The purpose of this research is to determine the possibility of using sensors of various types and placed at various body locations to assess physical activity using algorithms that run on mobile phones. This work will lead to a better understanding of the opportunities to detect physical activity during everyday life using mobile technology and create new “just-in-time” interventions that respond to that behavior.
We regularly conduct these tests on different populations, including athletes, participants, children, older adults and special populations with frailty, sarcopenia, or chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular complications. Graduate and undergraduate students use the laboratory to conduct directed studies and capstone and thesis projects. Our students work closely with faculty and laboratory staff to obtain hands-on skills and research experiences in physical activity and public health. A novel aspect of the lab is the multi-disciplinary nature of research that is conducted and encouraged.
Carmen Castaneda Sceppa, MD, PhD
316 Robinson Hall
William Jay Gillespie, Professor Emeritus