Exercise Physiology Laboratory
The Western Kentucky University Exercise Physiology Lab provides a platform for research
and student education. The purpose of the Exercise Physiology Lab is to engage students
and better prepare WKU Exercise Science and Kinesiology graduates for post-graduation
careers through involvement in teaching, research, and service to the Bowling Green and WKU
Students in the Exercise Science and Kinesiology Programs experience hands-on training as part of their academic laboratory exercises. They have the opportunity to become proficient in a variety of exercise physiology testing procedures and other physiological assessments: blood pressure, body composition, cardiovascular function (ECG administration and interpretation), anthropometric measurements, metabolic rate, strength/power/flexibility assessment, cardiorespiratory fitness, etc. Additionally, students are encouraged to volunteer and get involved in ongoing research studies or work on their own faculty-mentored research projects. Research in the Exercise Physiology Lab positively impacts the community, as many projects often involve fitness training and wellness promotion for the South Central Kentucky region and the WKU community.
The Exercise Physiology Lab is ~2,000 sq. ft of modern laboratory space, housed in the recently renovated $37.5 million dollar facility, Houchens L. T. Smith Stadium East Room 1052. This space is equipped with exercise physiology testing equipment and tools to perform a wide variety of clinical procedures.
Major Equipment Housed in Exercise Physiology Lab:
Schiller resting ECG
Quinton Q 55 treadmill and exercise ECG
Parvo Medics TrueOne 2400 metabolic system
Vacumed Mini-Vists CPX metabolic analysis system
Millipore Direct Q 3 water purification system
Monark cycle ergometers
Resting Metabolic Hood
Cosmed K4 portable metabolic device
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