Students in the human performance lab practice administering tests

The Human Performance Lab's primary function is preparing students for leadership roles in health, physical education, and recreation fields. Working collaboratively with a multi-disciplinary team of health profession educators, students, and staff to promote and incorporate human performance learning experiences. Laboratory courses include kinesiology & biomechanics, exercise physiology, exercise testing, and other special topics.

PEP 382 Kinesiology and Biomechanics 

Analyzes the structure, function and mechanics of human movement with an emphasis on exercise, sports and recreational activities. Includes application-based laboratory experiences.

Course Objectives: 

  • Accurately assess, plan, supervise, and evaluate a person's human performance.
  • Critically and ethically evaluate human movement and performance.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in evaluating participant performance in sport and recreational activities.
  • Apply scientific principles of kinesiology, exercise physiology and motor learning in teaching.
  • Describe applied anatomy, anatomical structures, mechanical functions of bones, and anatomical planes
    associated with the human body and movement.
  • Demonstrate examples of movement terms, muscles involved, and type of muscular including the relationship between the axial and appendicular skeletal system and movement.
  • Assess contraindicated movements and describe their effect on the likelihood of becoming injured or
    creating postural malalignments.
  • Support the use of technology in assisting evaluation and prescription of applied anatomy.

PEP 385 Physiology of Exercise 

Analyzes the relationship of physical activity and exercise and the various physiological processes of the human body. Examines the sources and metabolism of energy used to produce movement and other factors that may influence performance.

Course Objectives: 

  • Discuss the energy continuum from aerobic to anaerobic in relation to exercise prescription
  • Discuss special issues related to exercise testing and prescription such as various chronic diseases and special conditions
  • Understand the physiology associated with testing and exercise

PEP 454 Exercise Testing and Prescription 

Presents techniques necessary for exercise test administration, evaluation and prescription for individuals. Emphasizes clinical physiology, testing protocols, the evaluation of results and the design of individual exercise prescriptions based upon the results.

Course Objectives: 

  • Critique the risks and benefits associated with physical activity and exercise testing.
  • Elaborate on the different types of health screening, risk stratification, and pre-test evaluations and their clinical significance.
  • Prepare, conduct, and evaluate physical fitness testing in the areas of cardiovascular, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and body composition.
  • Integrate the information from physical fitness testing and develop and/or prescribe an appropriate exercise prescription from the date provided.
  • Differentiate the needs in developing an exercise prescription for special populations (e.g., elderly, children, pregnant women, cardiac or pulmonary patients, etc.) and those with special conditions (e.g., hypertension, obesity, diabetes mellitus, etc.).
  • Identify methods of improving exercise compliance and positively influencing other health behaviors.
  • Explain the importance of selected legal issues and guidelines for minimizing risk to human subjects or participants in exercise settings

PEP 455 Cardiac Rehabilitation 

Focuses on exercise as an integral part of medicine by assisting in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease and by serving as an adjunct to traditional medical practice in the treatment of persons with cardiovascular and other chronic diseases and disabilities. Emphasizes the pathophysiology and detection of diseases, medical management, and exercise therapy program design.

Course Objectives: 

  • To identify consideration of exercise testing and training of apparently healthy individuals and those with special consideration. 
  • To recognize the pathophysiological processes that lead to several commonly cardiovascular and pulmonary disease processes.  
  • To identify special considerations of exercise testing and prescription of individuals with various cardiovascular, metabolic and pulmonary diseases
  • To recognize various invasive cardiological interventions used to diagnose and treat atherosclerotic disease.
  • To provide a basic understanding of the normal and abnormal electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG)
  • To competently prep a patient for a resting electrocardiogram and exercise treadmill stress test 
  • To recognize various common pharmacological interventions
  • To understand the Exercise is Medicine (EIM) movement and have appropriate involvement in the implementation of EIM at the University and in the community.