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