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KHS Research Labs

 

Besides offering a whole host of academic degrees, the KHS is home to variety of research disciplines and research labs. From researching neurological development, to researching biological systems from a mechanical perspective, the professors within the KHS are discovering more and more about the human body. Within the KHS are six labs: the Exercise Physiology Lab, the Biomechanics Lab, the Motor Rehabilitation & Learning Lab, the Body Composition Lab, the Sports Medicine Lab, and the Sensory Motor Behavior Lab. Click below to find out more about each of these labs and how you could get involved.

EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY LAB

Numerous treadmills, cycle ergometers, elliptical trainers and select resistance exercise equipment provide a diverse exercise mode selection. Lactate analysis through fingertip sampling plus hypoxia simulation using an oxygen extraction system allows for monitoring simulated high altitude environments. Measurement of energy expenditure through the ParvoMedics True 2400 metabolic cart along with heart rate and blood pressure monitoring during rest and exercise.

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BODY COMPOSITION LAB

This facility contains the Bod Pod air displacement plethysmography system, hydrostatic weighing tank, RJL Quantum II bioelectrical impedance analyzer, Omron HBF-500 full body analyzer, Omron HBF-306 hand-held BIA machines, Lange skinfold calipers, Harpenden skinfold caliper, anthropometers, and wall mounted stadiometer. Provides research opportunities to conduct body composition determination through the use of skin folds, bioelectrical impedance, hydrostatic weighing and body plethysmography.

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BIOMECHANICS AND MOTION ANALYSIS LAB

Educates students on the methods used in biomechanics research and provides resources for conducting exceptional biomechanics research. Students discover knowledge that pertains to the performance and rehabilitation of the musculoskeletal system and develop strategies to improve injury prevention as well as the rehabilitation of people with disabilities effecting movement and postural dysfunctions.

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SPORTS MEDICINE LAB

An excellent research and rehabilitation center with over 11,000 square feet including 24 treatment tables, a 2,000 square foot physical therapy and rehabilitation center, two aquatic treadmill Hydroworx therapy pools and a Hydroworx cold plunge pool. We use extensive equipment to conduct research on postural and motor cortex, osteoarthritis, cardiorespiratory, and metabolic issues, as well as multiple other sports medicine health concerns.

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SENSORY MOTOR BEHAVIOR LAB

Research of rhythmic timing, planning of grasping for object manipulation and joint-action, continuous sensory-motor coupling, and how movements are planned and controlled differently. Our six camera Vicon motion capture system captures movement in three dimensions, and two ASL eye trackers examine eye movement while participants track moving objects through space or walk through the environment.

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SPORT & EXERCISE PSYCHOLOGY LAB

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NEUROMECHANICS LAB

The Neuromechanics Lab investigates the neural control of movement and its relationship with the mechanics of the human body. Our aim is to understand better, how sensory information is used to guide our actions through the use of sensory probes, electrophysiological recording devices and psychophysics.

PERCEPTION-ACTION LAB

The Perception-Action lab is focused on how higher brain processes adapt our movements in complex, choice-demanding environments. Specifically, this lab studies how sophisticated brain processes prevent us from falling in the cluttered environments we face everyday. To accomplish this, techniques such as transcranial magnetic stimulation and electroencephalography are used to measures brain processes related to reactive balance control. These direct measures of brain function are combined with traditional biomechanics measures (e.g. external forces, motion capture and muscle activity) to provide a comprehensive picture of how we prevent falls in real-world environments.

NEUROMUSCULAR RESEARCH LAB

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