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.
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.
EQUIPMENT in the Exercise Physiology Lab
See a list of equipment in the Exercise Physiology Lab used for teaching and research.