Biokinetics Department Resources
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The Athletic Training and Exercise Science programs are housed in the Department of Biokinetics which is located in the center of campus in the McInnis Learning Center. The Biokinetics department supports a clinical laboratory where exercise testing and rehabilitation occur. The Biokinetics Laboratory is fully equipped with state of the art metabolic measurement systems, treadmills, cycle ergometers, gas analyzers, body composition instruments, electrocardiographs, pulse oximeters, and stress test systems. It also houses a large variety of therapeutic modality equipment such as electrical stimulation devices, biofeedback, ultrasound and traction units as well as a plethora of therapeutic rehabilitation equipment. Academic work and clinical experiences occur daily in the Biokinetics Laboratory.
Vo2 Max Testing: Both Athletic training and Exercise Science students experience, among other modes of fitness assessment, VO2 max testing. This testing requires an all-out effort (usually on a treadmill or bicycle) performed under a strict protocol with very specialized equipment. The protocols involved with such involve specific increases in the speed and intensity of the exercise while the volume and oxygen and carbon dioxide concentrations of inhaled and exhaled air are measured. The measurement of such quantifies the individual’s fitness level.
Body Composition Assessment: The Athletic Training and Exercise Science students, through various clinical coursework, become skilled in the assessment of body composition through a variety of techniques such as skin fold calculation, bioelectrical impedance, underwater weighing and air displacement plethysmography. The Biokinetics Department recently purchased for training and educating students a BODPOD which is the newest advancement in body composition assessment technology. Resembling that of a space capsule, the BOD POD is the safest and most subject-friendly of all methods used to assess body composition (body fat and muscle mass). The acquisition of the BOD POD brings tremendous opportunities for the athletic training and exercise science students as there are a limited number of educational and clinical sites that have a BOD POD.
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