Learning and Research Laboratories

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


Anatomy & Physiology Laboratory (A&P) - The A&P Laboratory is a learning laboratory where basic concepts of electrocardiogram, heart sounds, blood pressure, pulse wave, electroencephalography, pulminary studies, and related concepts are conducted. During the summer, the A&P Laboratory is used for three on-week camps for high-school students.

Biochemistry Laboratory - The Biochemistry Laboratory 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.

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.

Hydrostatic Laboratory - The Hydrostatic Lab works in conjuction with other health and exercise science laboratories to provide methods for determining body composition, such as hydrostatic weighing, skinfolds, and bioelectrical impedance.

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.

Metabolic Studies Laboratory (MSL) - The MSL is dedicated to investigating the pathology and prevention of obesity, insulin resistance, and Type 2 Diabetes.

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.

Neural Cardiovascular Control Laboratory (NCCL) - The NCCL focuses on the autonomic control of circulation and vascular function under conditions of health, stress, and disease.

Neuromuscular & Biomechanics Laboratory - The neuromuscular and biomechanics lab provides equipment for complete biomechanical and neuromuscular assessment of a variety of physical tasks.

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.