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For more information please contact:Kris Wisniewski, Ph.D., CES, EIM-IIICoordinator of Human Performance LaboratoryDiSepio Institute for Rural Health & WellnessPhone: 814-471-1132Email: DiSepioHPL@francis.edu
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The DiSepio Institute's Human Performance Lab (HPL) is a state-of-the-art facility offering the latest in physical fitness assessments. Through a combination of cutting-edge technologies and world class multidisciplinary experts, including exercise physiologists and physical therapists, the HPL enables individuals to attain their maximum physical conditioning. Using a preventative model of care combined with in-depth assessment tools, the HPL staff can help people of all-ages accomplish their goals by clearly identifying their current health and fitness status and establishing a road map forward.
The mission of the Human Performance Laboratory is to assess,evaluate, and disseminate knowledge of human performance as it relates to health, wellness, physical fitness, athletic ability,and exercise physiology through education, research, and service.
Areas of assessment include:
These types of approaches can also assist individuals in understanding their risk in developing chronic medical conditions,such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes. Many such conditions can be more effectively prevented, managed or even reversed with detailed physical assessments and appropriate pre-emptive actions. Through detailed assessments and direction, HPL staff can provide individuals with a path toward optimum health.
The HPL's services are relevant to anyone who wants to operate at their physical best, regardless of their age or vocation. Examples of individuals who would benefit from these services include:
The Human Performance Laboratory provides assessments of health and physical fitness to the faculty, staff, and students of Saint Francis University and residents of the surrounding communities through proficient skills attained by Professionally Certified Exercise Physiology Faculty and undergraduate Exercise Physiology students.
The Human Performance Lab offers access to equipment and technology not found at any other location in this region,including:
To schedule your assessment(s):
This testing determines percent of lean body mass and body fat,and body fat distribution. Both are considered determinants of disease risk and performance. A higher percentage of body fat is related to lower health and athletic performance.
The BOD POD is one of the best ways to accurately measure your lean mass and fat mass, and also provides an estimation of Resting Metabolic Rate and Total Daily Energy Expenditure (amount of calories you burn each day for basic living functions). The BOD POD is widely used in hospital and research settings around the world. For most accurate results, testing should be performed in the morning approximately 3 hours after waking. The Waist-to-Hip ratio test involves measuring the circumferences of your waist and hips with a special tape measure. This ratio is used to determine body fat distribution, and has several health implications.
The tests are used to:
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Submaximal Aerobic Capacity testing follows the same protocol as the Maximal Aerobic Capacity Test, but is terminated at approximately 85% of your predicted maximum capacity (determined by heart rate). This is a less invasive test (does not measure VO2, but may be added for additional charge) that can estimate your Maximal Aerobic Capacity and help to determine appropriate training zones to meet your personal fitness goals. The test can be performed on either a treadmill or stationary cycle.
Maximal Aerobic Capacity is considered the best measurement of cardio respiratory (aerobic) fitness. This test assesses your maximum VO2 (volume of oxygen consumption), the body's maximum ability to breathe in, transport, and use oxygen during exercise. This test provides the MOST accurate method of prescribing appropriate training zones to meet your fitness and training goals. The standard protocol for the test is displayed below. However, a different running protocol is used for competitive endurance athletes. This test may also be performed on a stationary bicycle where intensity is increased by increasing resistance every few minutes.
The test is used to:
Blood lactate levels are highly correlated with endurance performance and are often used to determine training zones in competitive athletes. The lactate threshold (LT) is the maximal intensity that an individual can maintain for a period of time without causing muscular fatigue.
The is typically performed on a stationary bike, and involves 3 minute stages of progressively increasing intensity with blood lactate collection (finger pinprick, method similar to blood sugar testing) at rest, at the end of each successive stage, and during recovery. We recommend the test be completed during a recovery period in training.
Cost: Add $10 to either Submaximal or Maximal Aerobic Capacity test. Assessment Fee Chart
Determining muscular fitness can be helpful in identifying weaknesses in certain muscle groups or muscular imbalances in the body. This data can also be used to determine appropriate training loads to achieve specific muscular fitness goals (i.e., increasing muscular size,strength, and/or power). Therefore,these results can serve as a basis for designing individualized exercise training programs. Results can also be compared against normative values based on age and sex. These assessments have been used by professional sports at combine testing
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This test provides an insight into your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE). Your resting metabolic rate (RMR) is the amount of calories you burn each day for basic living functions. This is the most accurate method for assessing TDEE and is widely used in hospital and research settings world-wide. For this test, you will be laying on your back in a relaxed position while you breathe into the metabolic system for 20 minutes. You will be fitted with a breathing mask and light headgear. This test is most accurate when performed first thing in the morning after an over-night fast. The information from this test will assist you with determining the appropriate daily caloric intake to achieve your weight loss, gain, or maintenance goals.
Do you want to know exactly how many calories you're burning or what energy source (fats or carbs) you're primarily using during aerobic exercise? This test will give you the answers. The metabolic efficiency point test is considered a sub maximal test with the protocol depending on your personal goal. This test is ideal for individuals trying to lose weight or those trying to maintain their energy stores to compete at their maximal potential during a race. This test is done on the aerobic equipment of your choice (treadmill, stationary cycle, stair stepper, etc.). You choose which protocol you would like to perform (Choose one).
Aerobic equipment and online equations often over-estimate the amount of calories you burn during an aerobic exercise session. This protocol is designed to show you exactly how many calories you are burning while you exercise at different intensities as determined by different methods of regulating aerobic exercise intensity (Heart Rate, RPE, watts, and speed). This test will give you the information needed to ensure you get the maximal benefits from your diet and training.
This protocol is designed to assess your calories burned and fuel utilization (carbohydrate and fat burning ratios)at your self-selected race pace. This test will provide you the information you need to ensure your diet is meeting all your training and competition nutritional needs.
This assessment examines your heart rate and blood pressure at rest using a 12-lead EKG. This assessment may identify any abnormalities in your heart’s electrical conduction rate and/or rhythm. This can be part of a more comprehensive assessment of whether it is safe for you to engage in regular exercise. Results can be sent directly to your Primary Care Physician
This test is included with any exercise test that involves EKG monitoring.
Body Composition, Submaximal or Maximal Aerobic Capacity, and Muscular Fitness
Additional cost options:
These tests are specific to your sport performance and vary by sport.
Cost: See Assessment Fee Chart. Assessment Fee Chart
Testing at your facility is available. Additional fees may apply.
Training is conducted by an American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) certified Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES). This certification ensures that you will be trained safely and effectively to achieve your personal goals. You will also receive lifestyle behavior change information, focusing on proper nutrition and increasing physical activity, during training sessions at no additional cost.
* You must be a member of the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health & Wellness Fitness Center to receive training in the facility.
Additional terms and conditions may apply.
Please contact Dr. Wisniewski for room and environment specifications for bringing the Bod Pod to your facility, and for any additional information.
Researchers are recruiting healthy young adults to participate in a study that involves performing an exercise trial with gradually increasing workloads up to their maximal capacity on a treadmill while answering questions based on their perception of the exercise. Participants will also undergo Bod Pod testing to determine their body composition (i.e., percentage of fat and fat free mass).
Subjects will be required to visit the Human Performance Lab located in the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness at Saint Francis University for one session lasting no longer than two hours.
During this session you will:
Complete various questionnaires
Undergo testing to determine your body composition (i.e., percentage of fat and fat free mass)
Perform an exercise test on a treadmill to your maximal capacity
What you will receive from participating:
Your body composition and aerobic fitness results
How to improve or maintain your results
To be eligible you must be:
Within 18 – 39 years of age
A non-smoker (or has quit for at least 6 months)
Contact Information (Exercise Research Study) Contact Information
Health History Screening Form (Exercise Research Study) Health History Screening Form
If interested, please complete the forms and send them to DiSepioHPL@francis.edu.
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