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EIU Exercise Science

Human Performance Lab

The Human Performance Laboratory was established by Dr. M. T. Woodall in 1966 to support students and faculty in their teaching, learning and research endeavors in exercise science.

The space is divided into areas for the assessment of cardiopulmonary and metabolic function, body composition, physical fitness and neuromuscular function. There is also a reference area available for graduate students and a quiet testing area for sport and exercise psychology.


Equipment available for use in the Human Performance Laboratory includes: Cosmed Quark® CPET Metabolic Measurement Cart with integrated 12-lead ECG and computerized spirometry, Trackmaster treadmill, SensorMedics 2900 Metabolic Measurement Cart, Case 8000 12-lead ECG system, Quinton Treadmill, computer controlled bicycle ergometer, Monarch bicycle ergometers, lactate analyzer, heart rate monitors, portable spirometer, Nonin pulse oximeter, BodPod™ whole body plethysmograph, bioelectric impedance analyzers, skinfold calipers and anthropometers, Actical accelerometer, Vertimax trainer, force plate, jump mat, electromyography, vibration plate and handgrip dynamometers.

Research Projects

Recently completed research projects

  • Acute Effects of 5 Hour Energy Drink™ on Electrocardiogram and Blood Pressure During a Physiological Stressor
  • The Effects of Free Weight and Resistance Machine Training on Cross-Education of the Biceps Brachii in Irregular Exercisers
  • The Effects of a Flexibility Routine on Active and Inactive College Age Females
  • Using Plantar Surface Self-Myofascial Release to Support the Superficial Back Line Anatomy Train
  • High Intensity Interval Training Improved Cardiorespiratory Fitness Similarly Compared with Traditional Endurance Training
  • How Aerobic Performance is Affected by the Amount of Carbohydrates Consumed and Nutrient Timing

Research projects in progress

  • A Comparison of Muscular Strength and Hypertrophy in High Repetition Verses Low Repetition Training For the Bench Press Exercise
  • Physique Profile of NCAA Division I Women’s Rugby Athletes


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Contact Information

Department of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation

2506 Lantz Building
Charleston, IL 61920
Fax: Fax: (217) 581-7973

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