Human Performance Laboratory

The human performance laboratory, located on the track level of the Moore Field House, offers numerous fitness, performance, and functionality assessments to members of the public and the SCSU community. The lab is staffed daily from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. Assessment appointments are scheduled 24 hours in advance.

Please call the lab at (203) 392-6039 to schedule an assessment.

Hydrostatic underwater weighing is a method of determiningbody composition. It measures a person's total body density using Archimedes' Principle of displacement. Hydrostatic underwater weighing has been considered a gold standard for bodycomposition assessment.

  • Student $10
  • Alumni $15
  • Faculty & Staff $25
  • General Public $35

The skinfold measurement test is one of the oldest and most common methods of determining a person'sbody composition. This test estimates the percentage of body fat by measuring skinfold thickness at specific locations on the body. The thickness of these folds is a measure of subcutaneous adipose tissue.

  • Student $5
  • Alumni $10
  • Faculty & Staff $15
  • General Public $20
  • Age limit of 65

VO2 max, or maximal oxygen consumption, refers to the maximum amount of oxygen that an individual can utilize during intense or maximal exercise. This measurement is generally considered the best indicator of cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance.

  • Student $45
  • Alumni $75
  • Faculty & Staff $95
  • General Public $125

An estimation of cardiovascular fitness using the YMCA protocol. Submaximal effort by the participant.

This is a submaximal VO2 cycle ergometer aerobic fitness test. Based on the subject's heart rate response to several submaximal workloads, we can graph the work load, and predict VO2 max, they would have reached if they had continued until their maximum heart rate.

  • Student $10
  • Alumni $17
  • Faculty & Staff $30
  • General Public $65

A YMCA cycle ergometer test being performed

Exercise testing with 12-Lead ECG is a cardiovascular evaluation with electrocardiogram function. This test will analyze the rhythms of the heart during increasing exercise intensities reaching maximal intensity.

  • Student $50
  • Alumni $75
  • Faculty & Staff $105
  • General Public $180

An ECG test being performed

The Wingate test is an anaerobic exercise test, performed on a stationary bicycle, that measures peak anaerobic power and anaerobic capacity. Short sprinting events rely heavily upon the anaerobic energy pathways during execution. Anaerobic power and capacity have been reported as important factors in sports with quick, all-out efforts.

  • Student $15
  • Alumni $20
  • Faculty & Staff $25
  • General Public $50

Strength and muscular endurance can be measured extremely accurately through the use of an isokinetic machine. The data from these tests can then be used to help us plan a patient's rehabilitation activities following an injury.

  • Student $50
  • Alumni $55
  • Faculty & Staff $65
  • General Public $75

A biodex assessment being performed

The vertical jump test measures the power of the lower extremities. By recording the maximum height reached on the Vertec, a client will be able to compare jump heights before and after a training cycle to see if their training has resulted in positive adaptations.

  • Student $5
  • Alumni $10
  • Faculty & Staff $15
  • General Public $20

 

An athlete performing a vertical jump test

Resting metabolic rate refers to the amount of energy needed to maintain respiration, circulation, muscle tone, body temperature, glandular activity and the other functions. Measurements of carbon dioxide and oxygen used provide information to predict how many calories a person uses at rest to maintain life.

  • Everyone $105
  • Referral from Dietician $45

Lactate threshold is defined as the intensity of exercise at which lactate begins to accumulate in the blood at a faster rate than it can be removed. This threshold can indicate to an athlete the power output or heart rate at threshold. With this information an athlete can develop training zones at the level of intensity to perform at in competition.

  • Student $45
  • Alumni $75
  • Faculty & Staff $95
  • General Public $12

The lactate threshold test

The Running Injury Clinic aims to provide real-time performance assessment with our State-of-the-art technology. High speed video tells our sports medicine specialists what every joint in the body is doing, helping participants improve their running performance. This technique also allows us to pinpoint potentially injury-inducing joint movement and correct it, thus promoting the long-term health of the participant in life and sports.

Technology:

  • MYOPressure
  • 3D Gait motion capture system

Location: Track level in the Moore Field House, first door to the right.

To set up an appointment, call the Exercise Science Lab at (203) 392-6039.

Prices:

  • Student $45
  • Alumni $75
  • Faculty & Staff $95
  • General Public $125

A gait analysis being performed

Graduate Assistantships

The Exercise Science Department offers graduate assistant positions in the Human Performance Laboratory to qualified applicants. Terms of the assistantship are for a 2-year period, a minimum of 15 hours per week and the student must be registered as a full time student. A stipend is given for this service. Graduate Assistant responsibilities include: assisting faculty with undergraduate instruction, performing laboratory testing and procedures and involvement in ongoing research. Students interested in applying for a Graduate Assistantship position should send a letter of intent and vita to:

Dr. William Lunn
Director of Human Performance Laboratory
Southern Connecticut State University
125 Wintergreen Avenue
New Haven, CT 06515

The School of Graduate Studies offers two funding opportunities: Graduate School Graduate Assistantship ($12,000.00) and Graduate Research Fellowship ($12,000.00). See the School of Graduate Studies website for information regarding these two funding opportunities.

Assistantship Application Deadline: February 1

Staff

Grant Laskin

Graduate Teaching Assistant

David Martin

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Phillip Bodurtha

Undergraduate Assistant

Daniel Rosati

Graduate Assistant