Exercise Science Facilities

Biomechanics Research Laboratory

Dr. Kollock is the director of the Biomechanics Research laboratory. The Biomechanics Research Laboratory is equipped to conduct wide-variety kinematic and kinetic analyses. The laboratory has four work stations, two of which are dedicated to videography and data reduction and statistical analysis. The work stations are equipped with software such as Statistical Package for the Social Science (SPSS) package, MyoMotion software package, Comprehensive Meta- Analysis, Bertec BalanceCheck Screener and Trainer, Kinovea, and LabView Signal Express. The Biomechanics Research Laboratory provides both undergraduate and graduate students with the opportunity to gain hands on experience using a range of biomechanical tools to analyze human motion.

The laboratory is equipped with the following equipment and gear:

  • Nine marker Noraxon myoMotion 3-D motion capture system
  • Two Bertec 40×60 portable force plates
  • Wall-mounted isometric strength testing (National Instruments NI DAQ with 500 lbs. capacity Omega S-beam load cell)
  • FMS test kits
  • Y-balance test kit
  • Just Jump Mat
  • BIPAC 100C series EMG
  • DorsaVi wearable sensor system
  • Monarch Ergomedic 828 E
  • Tanita BF-350
  • Advanced military combat helmets
  • Improved outer tactical vests (IOTV)
  • MOLLE II rucksack large field packs
  • Belleville combat boots

Current student research projects facilitated by Dr. Kollock in the Biomechanics Lab include:

  • The Effects of Protective Equipment of Stability and Movement Quality in Males and Females
  • The Effects of Incremental Increases of Load Carriage on Landing Mechanics in Military Personnel
  • The Association between Hip Abductor Endurance Strength and Knee Kinematics Post-fatigue.
  • Validation of Ground Reaction Force (GRF) as Measures by an Accelerometer-based Motion Capture System.
  • Fit-For-Duty: An Examination of the Efficacy of the PAT in Determining Physical Readiness in Firefighters

KRS Human Performance Lab

The Human Performance Laboratory is approximately 1,125 square feet with 15 student desks dedicated to undergraduate and graduate studies. The laboratory is used for research and teaching purposes within the Department of Kinesiology and Rehabilitative Sciences. The Human Performance Laboratory is able to assess metabolic function, oxygen uptake, substrate utilization, pulmonary function, electromyography, electrocardiogram with an iworx research grade human exercise physiology kit. A CosMed K4b portable metabolic assessment is used for field based testing. Work in the lab can be assigned with a Trackmaster TMX425 treadmill and four Monark Ergomedic 828E bicycles. Body composition assessment can be performed with a BodyMetrix Ultrasound or Microfit Fitness Assessment system. The lab also supports heart rate monitoring, temperature monitoring, blood lactate measurement, and blood pressure assessment.