The new Human Performance Lab in East Campus at Adams State University was opened in the spring of 2013.
The facility allows room for 20 students to participate in laboratory activities, used in several courses in the HPPE major.
It is well equipped with:
- Two treadmills
- Three Monark exercise bikes
- One Wingate bicycle ergometer
- Metobolic cart for VO2max testing
- Three computer workstations
- Equipment for other fitness and athletic testing.
The Human Performance Lab is used to test student-athletes in various ways, and thus, can be useful in tracking athletic performance and body composition changes over time (e.g., different training seasons). Students in certain undergraduate and graduate HPPE courses are able to get “hands on” experiences in their field of study; students are both “subjects” and testers as they learn various testing methods.
Testing performed in the Human Performance Lab includes the following (& more):
- VO2max testing for aerobic fitness
- Body composition testing
- Fitness Age testing
- Wingate anaerobic fitness testing
- Jump testing for power
- Blood lactate testing
Dr. Tracey L. Robinson, Associate Professor of Human Performance and Physical Education (HPPE), is the director of the Human Performance Lab. She has been teaching and researching at Adams State University for almost 9 years. Dr. Robinson has a B.S. in Human Kinetics (University of Guelph, Ontario, Canada), a M.S. in Physical Education and Biology (New Mexico State University), and a Ph.D. in Human Performance (Oregon State University).
Each semester, Dr. Robinson and Ms. Megan Suer have at least two Graduate Assistants assigned to help work in the Human Performance Lab. Undergraduate and graduate HPPE majors also have the opportunity to help with research and do practicum courses alongside Dr. Robinson and Ms. Suer in the Human Performance Lab.