The Exercise Science program has excellent facilities to facilitate undergraduate and graduate research opportunities. The biomechanics and motor behavior laboratory is one of the premier biomechanics lab in the country.
Biomechanics and Motor Behavior Laboratory
The BGSU Biomechanics and Motor Behavior (BMB) Laboratory facilitates a range of human performance testing, research and laboratory exercises. Biomechanical testing capabilities include a 10-camera, 3D motion capture system for kinematic analyses (Motion Analysis Corp.), a 16-lead EMG telemetry system for skeletal muscle activation testing (Noraxon USA, Inc.), two embedded ground reaction force platforms for gait kinetic assessment (AMTI, Inc.) and a low-profile pressure sensing mat for the analysis of plantar surface pressures (Tekscan, Inc.). The lab is also complimented by a suite of in-house software utilities that support laboratory instruction and human motor control assessment. Research activities within the BMB Lab have received extramural support from a number of federal agencies including the U.S. Department of Defense as well as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Exercise Physiology Laboratory
The Exercise Physiology Laboratory houses a number of instruments to assess immediate and chronic response of an individual to exercise. The laboratory houses a ParvoMedics Metabolic Measurement system for assessment of cardiopulmonary as well as energy expenditure responses to bouts of exercise. A number of blood biochemistry measures can be assessed in the laboratory such as blood lactate, glucose, hemoglobin and hematocrit. Several instruments used for measurement of body composition are also available. The laboratory is able to assess body composition through skinfold measurement, bioelectrical impedance analysis, air plethysmography (i.e., BodPod), as well as underwater weighing.