Learning and Research Laboratories

The Department of Health and Exercise Science is home to several learning and research laboratories in the Leon Levine Health Sciences building that contribute to the study and improvement of physical health and activity for the local, global, and athletic communities.


Anatomy & Physiology Laboratories  - The Anatomy and Physiology Laboratories, located in rooms 344 and 351, are learning laboratories within the undergraduate Exercise Science curriculum.   Basic concepts of electrocardiogram, heart sounds, blood pressure, pulse wave, electroencephalography, pulminary studies, and related concepts are conducted. 


Biochemistry Laboratory - The Biochemistry Laboratory (room 341) is a multidisciplinary learning laboratory for training undergraduate and graduate students, and houses state-of-the-art equipment where researchers measure a wide variety of biomarkers for health and disease in the exciting fields of biomedical-, nutrition-, and exercise-related research.


Biomechanics Laboratory - The Biomechanics laboratory provides equipment for complete biomechanical and neuromuscular assessment of a variety of physical tasks.


Cardiovascular Research Laboratory (CVRL) - The CVRL is interested in the study of the development of cardiovascular disease, especially amongst high risk populations, and interventions to prevent disease. 


Exercise & Respiratory Physiology Laboratory (ERPL) - The ERPL is interested in the study of how respiratory-related factors affect exercise performance in health and disease across the lifespan.


Exercise Physiology Laboratory (ESHPL)  - The ESHPL is home of the Community Health and Fitness Assessment Program, and offers testing opportunities for Appalachian and surrounding community members to help them improve and achieve their health and fitness goals.


Healthy Outdoor Play & Exercise Laboratory (HOPE) - The HOPE Lab is an interdisciplinary research initiative interested in investigating the role of outdoor physical activity, exercise, and play on health, the environment, and human development. 


Human Behavior in Physical Activity Laboratory (HBPA) - The HBPA lab focuses on human behavior in exercise science, with a primary focus on behavioral motivation in various settings.


Injury Neuromechanics Laboratory - The Injury lab is a part of the Electrophysiology and Biomechanics laboratories, and is focused on conducting groundbreaking research in the field of sports medicine by studying the effects of injury on joint mechanics and the nervous system.

Locomotor Learning Lab - The Locomotor Learning Lab integrates community involvement, screening, and research for the betterment of the people of the high country by promoting healthy aging and independent lifestyles, in both geriatric and neurodegenerative disorders.


Musculoskeletal Mechanics Laboratory (MML) - The MML uses a variety of biomechanical analysis techniques to explore principles of movement and the link between musculoskeletal structure and function.


Neuromuscular Laboratory - The neuromuscular laboratory is primarily a learning laboratory and contains equipment to prepare professionals for careers in strength & conditioning and sport science, including an area for isometric strength assessment.


Pediatric Exercise Physiology Laboratory - The pediatric exercise physiology lab is focused on identifying new wasy to assess children's health, investigating innovative and child-friendly methods for health promotion, predicting the likely outcome of future diseases, and investigating the effect of play-based activity on cardiovascular health and fitness.


Sports-related Traumatic Brain Injury Laboratory - The purpose of the Sports-related Traumatic Brain Injury Laboratory is to conduct research on athletes resulting in the development of improved procedures for monitoring subconcussive impacts, diagnosing concussion, and monitoring return to play.


Vascular Biology & Autonomic Studies Laboratories (VBASL) - The VBASL investigate how exercise lowers blood pressure and how treatments, such as antioxidant supplementation and chronic exercise, can sustain positive health benefits.