The Human Performance Lab

Kinesiology Human Performance Laboratory

The Human Performance Laboratory at William Jessup University is a facility designated to teach, conduct research, and provide service to faculty, staff, students, and individuals in the community. Beyond our research goals for the department, the lab provides undergraduate students the opportunity to use some of the most advanced equipment in their field of study, gain experience in conducting scientific research, and develop skills necessary to become exceptional researchers and practitioners. Among the physiological and fitness parameters measured in the laboratory are:

  • Cardiorespiratory endurance (maximal oxygen uptake)
  • Anaerobic power
  • Muscular fitness (strength and endurance)
  • Muscular flexibility
  • Body composition
  • Pulmonary function
  • Resting and stress electrocardiography
  • Agility
  • Balance
  • Coordination
  • Power
  • Reaction time
  • Speed

Testing Services

The Human Performance Lab at William Jessup University offers body composition testing as well as other testing such as pulmonary function and flexibility. To learn more about the testing services we offer, please review the opportunities below:

Air Displacement (BodPod)

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.

Skin Fold Calipers

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.

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.

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.

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.

Lactate and 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.

Maximal Oxygen Consumption

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.

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.

Exercise Stress Test

An exercise stress test is a maximal effort test that is conducted while connected to an electrocardiogram (ECG). The ECG records the electrical activity of the heart. This test is conducted to monitor the heart while under the stress of exercise and can be diagnostic for various cardiovascular diseases. Your physician must be present to diagnose and read the ECG.

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.

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.