The Exercise Physiology Lab at JSC

Students get real hands-on experiences in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory.

TEACHING in the Exercise Physiology Lab

Located in the JSC SHAPE Center, the Exercise Physiology Laboratory is a high-quality, state-of-the-art facility where undergraduates receive hands-on training in skills and techniques required for careers in the health sciences. Students learn how to administer exercise tests on the treadmill and bicycle ergometer, and they assess and interpret a variety of exercise measurements — blood pressure, heart rate, electrocardiograms (ECGs), metabolic rate, kcaloric expenditure, breathing rate, blood lactic acid and more. These are important skills to have for a variety of professional positions, such as cardiopulmonary rehabilitation specialists, clinical exercise physiologists and technicians, exercise physiologists, personal trainers, strength and conditioning coaches, physical education teachers, medical technologists and others.

Students in the Exercise Physiology LaboratoryDr. Hans Haverkamp

RESEARCH in the Exercise Physiology Lab

The laboratory is the site for research conducted by Dr. Hans Haverkamp, associate professor of health sciences, on the function of the respiratory systems of healthy and asthmatic adults during exercise. Undergraduate students play an active role in all aspects of this research. They assist in the lab, document their findings, attend and present at scientific conferences, and co-author published abstracts, manuscripts and conference presentations. They also have the opportunity to work as paid research assistants in the lab year-round.

Two research projects are currently under way in the lab:

The effects of lung inflation on airway mechanical function during and after exercise in asthmatic adults: This ongoing research, funded by the Vermont Genetics Network, involves taking and assessing a variety of breathing measurements during and after exercise on the bicycle ergometer. The goal of these studies is to determine the mechanisms in asthmatic adults for bronchodilation during exercise and bronchoconstriction after exercise. An article on the research, titled "Effects of Altered Airway Function on Exercise Ventilation in Asthmatic Adults," appeared in the Feb. 26, 2014, edition of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, an official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. Read the abstract online.

 

The effects of respiratory-muscle endurance training on the breathing and exercise capacity of healthy adults during exercise: In these studies, subjects complete a two-week training protocol to improve the strength and endurance of their respiratory muscles, after which their capacity for and ventilation during exercise is assessed. In addition to providing information about how the condition of the respiratory muscles can affect exercise performance, this research and may lead to new knowledge about how exercise performance might be improved by "training" the respiratory muscles.

A research subject during exercise

 

 

 

Student research assistant Andrew Klansky monitors a subject's performance during exercise.

EQUIPMENT in the Exercise Physiology Lab

 

Large Exercise Equipment 

  • Treadmill
  • Velotron magnetically braked cycle ergometer
  • Monark cycle ergometers

 

Other Equipment for Teaching and Research

  • Parvo-medics metabolic cart
  • AEI technologies oxygen and carbon dioxide analyzers
  • Hans-Rudolph pneumotachographs
  • Vacuumed pressure transducers
  • MedGraphics computerized pulmonary function system
  • Computerized electrocardiography system with laptop computer
  • Water-sealed Collins spirometer
  • Computerized handgrip dynamometer
  • Nebulizer and dosimeter
  • Parkinson Cowan flowmeter
  • Blood lactate analyzer
  • Blood glucose analyzer
  • Manual blood pressure cuffs and sphygmomanometers
  • Polar heart rate monitors
  • Pulse oximeter
  • Blood hematocrit
  • Tympanic temperature gauges
  • Douglas bags, tubing, connectors, mouthpieces and other supplies
  • Four laptop computers
  • Three desktop computers
  • Three printers

 

Students Andrew Klansky (left) and Adriane Morrison-Taylor joined Dr. Haverkamp at a recent Vermont Genetics Network Career Day event. Andrew presented a poster on his research (the effects of altered tidal volume on airway diameter during variable-intensity exercise in asthmatic adults), and Adriane presented her research on the effects of respiratory-muscle endurance training on the physiological responses to exercise in healthy adults.
  • Students Andrew Klansky (left) and Adriane Morrison-Taylor joined Dr. Haverkamp at a Vermont Genetics Network Career Day event. Andrew presented a poster on his research (the effects of altered tidal volume on airway diameter during variable-intensity exercise in asthmatic adults), and Adriane presented her research on the effects of respiratory-muscle endurance training on the physiological responses to exercise in healthy adults.

 

Recent Research Presentations

Conference: American College of Sports Medicine New England Regional Fall Meeting, November 14-15, 2013, Providence, RI.
Presentation title: Effects of lung inflation on exercise-induced bronchoconstriction.
Presenter: Adam Lacayo, undergraduate student in biology, pre-medicine concentration.

Conference: Vermont Genetics Network Annual Meeting, August, 2013, Burlington, VT
Presentation title: Breathing during exercise in asthmatic humans
Presenter: Hans Haverkamp, Ph.D.
Undergraduate students involved in project: Andrew Klansky, Jeni Demar, Adriane-Morrison Taylor, Adam Lacayo.

Conference: American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, June, 2013, Indianapolis, IN.
Presentation title: Lung mechanical effects on airway function during and after exercise in asthmatic adults.
Presenter: Hans Haverkamp, Ph.D.
Undergraduate students involved in project: Andrew Klansky, Susan Nader, Dustin Berry, Jeni Demar, Adriane-Morrison Taylor, Adam Lacayo.

Conference: American College of Sports Medicine New England Regional Fall Meeting, November 8, 2012, Providence, RI.
Presentation title: Effects of tidal volume on bronchial tone during variable intensity exercise in asthmatic adults.
Presenter: Andrew Klansky, undergraduate student in biology, pre-medicine concentration.

Conference: Vermont Genetics Network Annual Meeting, August, 2012, Burlington, VT
Presentation title: Effects of altered pre-exercise airway caliber on airway function during exercise in asthmatic adults
Presenters: Undergraduate students Andrew Klansky, Adriane-Morrison Taylor, Jeni Demar.

Conference: American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, May 31- June 4, 2011.
Session Title: Symposium: “New insights into airway function during and after exercise in the asthmatic athlete”
Presentation Title: Airway function during exercise in that asthmatic athlete.
Undergraduate students involved in project: Susan Nader, Dustin Berry, Jeni Demar, Matthew Rossman, karina Lepeley, Francesca Orsini

Conference: American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, May 31- June 4, 2011.
Poster presentation: Acute, inflammatory-based airflow limitation does not affect pulmonary responses to exercise in asthmatic subjects.
Undergraduate students involved in project: Susan Nader, Dustin Berry, Jeni Demar, Matthew Rossman, karina Lepeley, Francesca Orsini

Selected Publications

M.J. Rossman, S. Nader, D. Berry, F. Orsini, A. Klansky, and H.C. Haverkamp. Effects of Altered Airway Function on Exercise Ventilation in Asthmatic Adults. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 2013, In press.

H.C. Haverkamp. Pulmonary System: Chronic Responses to Training. In: Encyclopedia of Exercise Medicine in Health and Disease. Eds. F.C. Mooren & F. Skinner. Berlin, Heidleberg, New York, Springer Publications, 2012, ISBN 978-3-540-36065-0.

H.C. Haverkamp. Pulmonary Limitations to Exercise Performance. In: Encyclopedia of Exercise Medicine in Health and Disease. Eds. F.C. Mooren & F. Skinner. Berlin, Heidleberg, New York, Springer Publications, 2012, ISBN 978-3-540-36065-0.

H.C. Haverkamp and L.K. Lundblad. Commentary on “The role of the large airways on smooth muscle contraction in asthma.” J. Appl. Physiol. 103(4): 1457-1458, 2007.

A.T. Lovering, H.C. Haverkamp, & M.W. Eldridge. Responses and Limitations of the Respiratory System to Exercise. In: Clinics in Chest Medicine: The Lung in Extreme Environments. Eds. R.B. Schoene & S. Ruossos. Philadelphia, W.B. Saunders Co, 2005, volume 26, pp. 439-457.

H.C. Haverkamp, J.D. Miller, L.M. Romer, M.W. Eldridge, and J.A. Dempsey, Physiological Responses to Exercise. In: The Physiologic Basis of Respiratory Disease. Eds. Q. Hamid, J. Shannon, & J. Martin. Hamilton, BC Decker Inc. Publisher, 2005, Chapter 45, pp. 525-540.

E.P. Riesenfeld, L.M. Rinaldi, M.A. Sullivan, J.A. Thompson-Figueroa, H.C. Haverkamp, J.M. Skelly, J.H.T. Bates, and C.G. Irvin. Inhaled Salmeterol and/or Fluticasone Alters Structure/Function in a Murine Model of Allergic Airways Disease. Respiratory Res. 11:22, 2010.

A.T. Lovering, L.M. Romer, H.C. Haverkamp, D.F. Pegelow, J. Hokanson, and M.W. Eldridge. Intrapulmonary shunting and pulmonary gas exchange in healthy humans during normoxic and hypoxic exercise. J. Appl. Physiol. 104(5):1418-1425, 2008.

H.C. Haverkamp, J.A. Dempsey, D.F. Pegelow, J.D. Miller, L.M. Romer, M. Santana, and M.E. Eldridge. Treatment of Airway Inflammation Improves Pulmonary Gas Exchange and Performance During Exercise in Habitually Active Asthmatic Subjects. J. Allergy Clin. Immunol. 120(1):39-47, 2007.

H.C. Haverkamp, J.A. Dempsey, J.D. Miller, L.M. Romer, D.F. Pegelow, J.R. Rodman, and M.W. Eldridge. Gas Exchange During Exercise in Habitually Active Asthmatic Subjects. J. Appl. Physiol. 99:1938-1950, 2005.

H.C. Haverkamp, J.A. Dempsey, J.D. Miller, L.M. Romer, A.T. Lovering, and M.W. Eldridge. Repeat Exercise Normalizes the Gas Exchange Impairment Induced by a Previous Exercise Bout in Asthmatics. J. Appl. Physiol. 99:1843-1852, 2005.

 

 

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