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Human Performance Lab

The health and fitness assessments offered through the HPL can assist individuals reach their athletic potential, or understand their risk of developing chronic medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes.

  • About Us

    The health & fitness assessments offered through the HPL can assist individuals reach their athletic potential or understand their risk of developing chronic medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes.  Many such conditions can be more effectively prevented, managed or even reversed with detailed physical assessments and appropriate pre-emptive actions. Through detailed assessments and direction, HPL staff can provide individuals with a path toward optimum health and aging.

    Mission

    To assess, evaluate, and disseminate knowledge of human performance as it relates to health, wellness, physical fitness, and athletic ability through education, research, and service.

    Vision

    The HPL is a teaching laboratory that provides assessments of health and physical fitness to the faculty, staff, and students of Saint Francis University and residents of the surrounding communities through proficient skills attained by Professionally Certified Exercise Physiology Faculty and undergraduate Exercise Physiology students.

    Facilities/Equipment

    We offer access to equipment & technology not found at any other location in this region, including: 

    • A BOD POD, an egg-shaped module used by hospitals and research centers world-wide to measure total body fat and lean body mass, and estimate resting energy expenditure.
    • A Cardiovascular-Metabolic system that can analyze the exercise capacity, energy expenditure, and risk of developing chronic disease for any individual.
    • An Anaerobic Testing Cycle Ergometer that is capable of testing your sprinting ability, your fatigue resistance, and estimates your muscle fiber type distribution.
    • A Biodex Isokinetic Dynamometer that evaluates specific deficiencies in strength in all the major muscle groups of the body, comparing one side to the other through varying speeds of resistance.
    • A Motion Analysis system that provides a detailed evaluation of human movement by showing how each joint moves, the timing and coordination of your muscles, and the forces that affect movement.
    • A NeuroCom Dynamic Posturography unit that analyzes the reasons for a balance problem and provides useful information in diagnosing the reasons for lack of balance or a tendency to fall.  This equipment is commonly used for assessing concussions and return-to-play status in athletes or fall risk in the elderly.
      Get Started

      To schedule your assessment(s):

      • Assessments are conducted by appointment only.
      • Complete the following online forms: Contact Information FormHealth History Screening Form, and Physical Activity History Questionnaire.
        • Once we receive confirmation of completed forms we will contact you to schedule your appointment.
        • Based on your responses, you may need medical clearance from your Primary Care Physician (PCP) before participating in any assessments involving exercise. If this is required, you will be notified.
      • Please consider the pre-testing instructions specific to each assessment when scheduling.
      Please notify us via phone or email no later than 24 hours prior to your scheduled assessment if you would like to change, reschedule, or cancel your assessment(s). Payment type accepted: cash, check, most major credit cards.
      Frequently Asked Questions

      Who should use the HPL?

      The HPL's services are relevant to anyone who wants to operate at their physical best, regardless of their age or vocation. Examples of individuals who would benefit from these services include:

      • Individuals wishing to:
      • Athletes who want to train more specifically to their sport and reach their full performance potential
      • Individuals preparing to begin a new fitness regimen or increase their workout intensity

      What can I expect with each assessment?

       A detailed overview of your results including:

      • What they mean for you personally
      • How you compare to others of the same age and sex
      • An individualized prescription designed specifically for you to improve your results

      Where do I park?

      Who will be administering the tests?

      We are a teaching laboratory.  Therefore, all testing is conducted by upper level Exercise Physiology students from Saint Francis University and supervised by a Certified Exercise Physiology Faculty member.

      Kris Wisniewski - 4x3 - 300dpi - 2

      Dr. Wisniewski is the Assistant Director of the Human Performance Laboratory and an Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology at Saint Francis University. He earned his BS degree in Exercise Science from Slippery Rock University, and MS degree in Health, Physical Activity, and Chronic Disease, and a PhD in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Wisniewski specializes in using exercise as a form of medicine to prevent and treat various cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, and cancers.  His expertise also encompasses helping athletes, specifically those in endurance sports, to achieve their performance potential.  His research focuses on how individuals perceive and regulate the optimal exercise training intensities to counter disease and improve endurance performance.  He is a member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Mid-Atlantic Regional Chapter of the ACSM. He is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and ACSM/American Cancer Society Certified Cancer Exercise Trainer, Registered Bod Pod User, and currently holds the ACSM Exercise is Medicine Level III credential.

      Body Composition (Bod Pod)

      Why test Body Composition?

      • Determine the amount of water, fat, and lean tissue in your body.
      • Evaluate your risk of developing cardiovascular disease and metabolic diseases.
      • Estimate how many calories you should eat to reach your target weight.
      • Determine safe and effective body weight goals.
      How long would this assessment last?
      • Approximately 30 minutes total:
        • Preparation: 5 minutes
        • Testing: sitting in Bod Pod while wearing minimal tight fitting clothing
          • 2-3 trials, 30 seconds per trial
      • Debriefing of information: up to 25 minutes

      Assessment Fee Chart

      We can transport the Bod Pod to your facility and offer testing for your employees, clients, or patients.

       Contact us today to receive a quote.
      Aerobic Capacity (VO2max)

      Why test Aerobic Capacity?

      • Gold standard for evaluating aerobic fitness level & helps determine your risk of developing chronic disease (Higher Fitness = Less Risk)
      • Evaluate the effectiveness of your aerobic exercise program
      • Determine at what intensity you should specifically train to achieve your goals

      How long would this assessment last?

      • Approximately 1 hour total:
        • Preparation: 15 minutes
        • Testing: average time range 8-20 minutes, but is solely dependent on your ability
        • Debriefing of information: up to 30 minutes

      Add Blood Lactate testing to this test for an additional $15

        Assessment Fee Chart
      Metabolic Testing

      Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) and Metabolic Efficiency (MetE)

      Why test Metabolism?

      • Determine exactly how many calories your body burns at rest (RMR) or during exercise (MetE)
      • Determine the intensity you should train at to build an endurance base before starting higher intensity training (MetE)
      • Determine how much you should eat during a long duration event to maintain your pace (MetE)

      How long would this assessment last?

      • Approximately 1 hour for either RMR or MetE (2 hours for both):
        • Preparation: 10 minutes
        • Testing: approximately 1 hour, but is solely dependent on your ability
        • RMR: approximately 20 minutes
        • MetE: 45 minutes - 1 hour, but is solely dependent on your ability
        • Debriefing of information: up to 30 minutes

      Add Blood Lactate testing to the MetE test for an additional $25

        Assessment Fee Chart

      Personal Fitness Package

      Package Includes:

      • Bod Pod
      • Aerobic Capacity (VO2max)
      • Muscular Fitness and Flexibility
      • Individualized Training Plan Based on Testing Results

      How long would this assessment last?

      • Approximately 2 hours total:
        • Preparation: 5 minutes
        • Testing: 1.5 hours, but is solely dependent on your ability
        • Debriefing of information: 25 minutes

      Add Blood Lactate testing to the Personal Fitness Package for an additional $15

        Assessment Fee Chart

        Weight Management Package

        Package Includes:

        • Bod Pod
        • Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR)
        • Metabolic Efficiency (MetE)
        • Individualized Plan Based on Testing Results
        Why test?
        • Weight management is commonly broken into two major categories:
          • Diet
          • Exercise
        • The weight management includes RMR testing which will show you how many calories your body is burning while at rest, light, moderate, and heavy exercise
        • Properly managing caloric intake during exercise can affect weight dramatically.
        • The MetE test will show you the point during exercise where your body is burning the maximum amount of carbohydrates and fats at the same time.
          • This point can help to maximize training time to lose fat.
        How long would this assessment last?
        • Approximately 2 hours total:
          • Preparation: 5 minutes
          • Testing: 1.5 hours, but is solely dependent on your ability
          • Debriefing of information: 25 minutes
          Assessment Fee Chart
        Race Performance Packages

        Run or Cycle Race Prep

        Package Includes:

        • Bod Pod
        • Metabolic Efficiency (MetE) / Aerobic Capacity (VO2max)
          • Either on Treadmill or Cycle
        • Race Specific Muscular Fitness & Flexibility
        • Sprint Performance
          • Either on Treadmill or Cycle
        • Individualized Training Plan Based on Testing Results
        How long would this assessment last?
        • Approximately 2 hours total:
          • Preparation: 5 minutes
          • Testing: 1.5 hours, but is solely dependent on your ability
          • Debriefing of information: 25 minutes
        Triathlon Prep Package (2 days)

        Package Includes:

        • Day 1
          • Bod Pod
          • Treadmill Metabolic Efficiency (MetE) / Aerobic Capacity (VO2max)
          • Race Specific Muscular Fitness & Flexibility
          • Treadmill Sprint Performance
        • Day 2
          • Treadmill Metabolic Efficiency (MetE) / Aerobic Capacity (VO2max)
          • Race Specific Muscular Fitness & Flexibility
          • Cycle Sprint Performance
        • Individualized Training Plan Based on Testing Results
        How long would this assessment last?
        • Each Day
          • Approximately 2 hours total:
            • Preparation: 5 minutes
            • Testing: 1.5 hours, but is solely dependent on your ability
            • Debriefing of information: up to 25 minutes
        Add Blood Lactate testing to any Race Prep for an additional $25 per MetE / VO2max test
          Assessment Fee Chart
        ACL Injury/Re-Injury Prevention

        Testing includes:

        • Body composition
        • Muscular strength and functional movement performance
        • Individualized training plan to target any imbalances and reduce your risk of ACL injury or re-injury
        • If you have suffered a previous ACL injury, you must be cleared for Return to Sport by your physician and have completed Physical Therapy prior to your assessment.

        Why test?

        • Most ACL injuries are non-contact
          • Rate of ACL injury occurrence is higher in female athletes compared to males when participating in sports that involve cutting, jumping/landing, and/or pivoting.
        • Time lost from an ACL injury can be > 6 months.
        • Additional risks associated with ACL injury:
          • Mood changes
          • Increased risks of another injury or chronic illness
        • Some risk factors associated with ACL injury are modifiable
          • Muscular strength around the knee
          • Proper landing and cutting mechanics
        • Training to specifically target these areas may reduce the risk of non-contact ACL injury.
          • Research has shown that those with previous injury are at a 4x greater risk of re-injury if imbalances aren't fixed before returning to sport.

          Assessment Fee Chart

        Summer Conditioning Camp

        Summer Strength and Conditioning Flyer - Final

        See brochure here

        Please register by Wednesday, June 6th, 2018.

        Research Studies

        Updates coming soon...