Exercise Physiology

The Exercise Physiology Laboratories at UNCG provide an environment of academic, applied and professional experience. They provide student and faculty researchers the ability to examine the effects of physical activity from applied functional aspects to subcellular research.

Research Laboratory

Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory Facilities

The Exercise Physiology Research Laboratory has 2400 square-feet of space and is housed in the Health and Human Performance building at UNCG. The laboratory includes state of the art instrumentation for:

  • Resting and exercise oxygen consumption assessment and monitoring
  • ECG monitoring and recording
  • Assessment of vascular reactivity using ultrasound
  • Pulmonary assessment
  • Body composition determination
  • Performance measures on cycle ergometers and treadmills

Collaborative links with the Nutrition Department provide access to a DXA for bone density assessment and body composition analysis, which may also include hydrostatic weighing, multifrequency BIA and skinfolds.

Biochemistry Laboratory

Exercise Physiology Biochemistry Laboratory Facilities

The biochemistry laboratory is adjacent to the exercise physiology research lab and permits the determination of various markers within blood and tissue samples. In addition, the exercise physiology group is linked to molecular, chemistry and genetics laboratories across the University that facilitate determination of cell signaling and genetic alterations that occur in response to acute or chronic exercise.

Undergraduate Teaching Laboratory

The teaching lab has approximately 1000 square-feet of space that is separate from the research laboratory space.

The undergraduate teaching lab is constructed to teach students how to:

  • Measure and monitor blood pressure and heart rate (via both ECG and with heart rate monitors)
  • Assess body composition using skinfold calipers, circumferences and hydrostatic weighing methods.

Additionally, students are taught:

  • to determine maximum anaerobic power
  • to determine maximal and submaximal oxygen consumption
  • to perform basic pulmonary function measures

Students are expected to participate and gain practical experience during several different undergraduate laboratory experiences.