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Human Performance Lab


  • Human Performance Laboratory

  • 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.

    Assessments:

    • Body Composition (Bod Pod)
    • Aerobic Capacity (VO2max)
    • Anaerobic Power & Fatigue
    • Lactate Threshold
    • Muscular Fitness & Flexibility
    • Resting Metabolic Rate
    • Metabolic Efficiency
    • Personal Fitness Package
    • Runner/Cyclist Package
    Get Started

    To schedule your assessment(s):

    • Assessments are conducted by appointment only.
    • Hours of operation:
      • Monday - Thursday: 8:00am-4:00pm
      • Friday: 8:00am-4:00pm
      • 1st Saturday of each month, except Holiday weekends
      • Complete the following online forms: Contact Information FormHealth History Screening Form, and Physical Activity History Questionnaire.
        • 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.
      • Include the assessment(s) you would like to perform in the subject title of the email or fax. Include your name and proposed assessment date in the body of the email or fax.
        • You will be contacted to confirm your assessment information and date.
      • Please consider the pre-testing instructions specific to each assessment when scheduling.
      • Please notify the HPL Coordinator 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.
        • Evening and Saturday testing is cash (exact change) or check only.
        Bod Pod

        Why are Bod Pod Tests performed? 

        • Determine the amount of 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 should I prepare for testing?

        • No eating & exercise for at least 2 hours prior to the test.
        • Wear minimal tight fitting clothing in order to determine the most accurate results.
          • Acceptable clothing for Males:
            • Form-fitting Speedo or spandex type swim suit or single-layer compression shorts (no padding).
          • Acceptable clothing for Females:
            • Form-fitting Speedo or spandex type swim suit or single-layer compression shorts (no padding) and single layer jogging bra (no padding).
        • You will not be permitted to wear jewelry, socks, shoes, eyeglasses or any other accessories during the test.

        How long would this assessment last?

        • Approximately 30 minutes total:
          • Preparation: 5 minutes
          • Testing: sitting in Bod Pod (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 discuss how this can be done and receive a quote.

        Aerobic Capacity (VO2max)

        Why are Aerobic Capacity Tests performed?

        • 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 should I prepare for testing?

        • No eating, caffeinated products, or using tobacco products within 3 hours of the test.
        • No intense exercise within 12 hours of the test.
        • No alcohol within 48 hours of the test.
        • Drink ample fluids over the 24-hour period preceding the exercise test to ensure normal hydration before testing.
        • Wear clothing suitable for exercise.  This includes clothing that permits freedom of movement and walking or running shoes.  Women should wear a sports bra and a loose fitting, short-sleeved shirt.
        • Bring a list of all medications including dosage and frequency of administration to the assessment.  You will be asked to report the last actual dose taken.

        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

        Assessment Fee Chart

        You may add Blood Lactate testing to this test for an additional $10

        Anaerobic Power & Fatigue

        Why are Anaerobic Power & Fatigue tests performed?

        •  See how much Power your legs can generate, and how long you can maintain your speed during a short sprint
        • Estimate the fiber type distribution of your muscle
        • Helps improve performance in sprint and endurance athletes

         How should I prepare for testing?

        •  No eating, caffeinated products, or using tobacco products within 3 hours of the test.
        • No intense exercise within 24 hours of the test.
        • No alcohol within 48 hours of the test.
        • Drink ample fluids over the 24-hour period preceding the exercise test to ensure normal hydration before testing.
        • Wear clothing suitable for exercise.  This includes clothing that permits freedom of movement and walking or running shoes.  Women should wear a sports bra and a loose fitting, short-sleeved shirt.
        • Bring a list of all medications including dosage and frequency of administration to the assessment.  You will be asked to report the last actual dose taken.

         How long would this assessment last?

        •  Approximately 30 minutes total:
          • Preparation: 15 minutes
          • Testing: 30 seconds
          • Debriefing of information: up to 15 minutes

        Assessment Fee Chart

        Muscular Fitness & Flexibility

        Why are Muscular Fitness Tests performed?

        •  Determine your muscle's ability to produce force
        • Determine any muscular weaknesses or imbalances that may result in injury or decreased performance
        • Determine the appropriate resistance training program to reach your goals

         How should I prepare for testing?

        •  No eating, caffeinated products, or using tobacco products within 2 hours of the test.
        • No intense exercise within 24 hours of the test.
        • No alcohol within 48 hours of the test.
        • Drink ample fluids over the 24-hour period preceding the exercise test to ensure normal hydration before testing.
        • Wear clothing suitable for exercise.  This includes clothing that permits freedom of movement and walking or running shoes.  Women should wear a sports bra and a loose fitting, short-sleeved shirt.
        • Bring a list of all medications including dosage and frequency of administration to the assessment.  You will be asked to report the last actual dose taken.

         How long would this assessment last?

        •  Approximately 1 hour total:
          • Preparation: 10 minutes
          • Testing: average time range is 30 minutes, but is solely dependent on your ability
          • Debriefing of information: up to 20 minutes

        Assessment Fee Chart

        Metabolic Testing

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

         Why are Metabolic Tests performed?

        •  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 should I prepare for testing?

        •  No eating, caffeinated products, or using tobacco products within 8 hours of the test.
          • You may drink water during the 8 hour fast
        • No intense exercise within 24 hours of the test.
        • No alcohol within 48 hours of the test.
        • Drink ample fluids over the 24-hour period preceding the exercise test to ensure normal hydration before testing.
        • Wear clothing suitable for exercise.  This includes clothing that permits freedom of movement and walking or running shoes.  Women should wear a sports bra and a loose fitting, short-sleeved shirt.
        • Bring a list of all medications including dosage and frequency of administration to the assessment.  You will be asked to report the last actual dose taken.

         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

         Assessment Fee Chart

         You may add Blood Lactate testing to the MetE test for an additional $10

        Package Deals

        Personal Fitness Package

        • Bod Pod
        • Aerobic Capacity (VO2max) or Anaerobic Power & Fatigue
        • Muscular Fitness & Flexibility

         How long would this assessment last?

        •  Approximately 2 hours total:
          • Preparation: 30 minutes
          • Testing: approximately 1 hour, but is solely dependent on your ability
          • Debriefing of information: up to 30 minutes

         How should I prepare for testing?

        • No eating, caffeinated products, or using tobacco products within 2 hours of the test.
        • No intense exercise within 24 hours of the test.
        • No alcohol within 48 hours of the test.
        • Drink ample fluids over the 24-hour period preceding the exercise test to ensure normal hydration before testing.
        • Clothing:          
          • Please wear minimal tight fitting clothing in order to determine the most accurate results with the BOD POD.
            • Acceptable clothing for Males:
              • Form-fitting Speedo or spandex type swim suit or single-layer compression shorts (no padding).
            • Acceptable clothing for Females:
              • Form-fitting Speedo or spandex type swim suit or single-layer compression shorts (no padding) and single layer jogging bra (no padding).
            • You will not be permitted to wear jewelry, socks, shoes, eyeglasses or any other accessories during the BOD POD test.
          • Please wear clothing suitable for exercise.  This includes clothing that permits freedom of movement and walking or running shoes.  Women should wear a sports bra and a loose fitting, short-sleeved shirt.
        • Bring a list of all medications including dosage and frequency of administration to the assessment.  You will be asked to report the last actual dose taken.

        Runner/Cyclist Package (2 days)

        •  Day 1
          • Bod Pod
          • Metabolic Efficiency
        • Day 2
          • Aerobic Capacity
          • Muscular Fitness & Flexibility

         How long would this assessment last?

        •  Day 1
          • Approximately 1hour, 30 minutes total:
          • Preparation: 15 minutes
          • Testing: approximately 1 hour, but is solely dependent on your ability
          • Debriefing of information: up to 15 minutes
        • Day 2
          • Approximately 2 hours total:
          • Preparation: 30 minutes
          • Testing: approximately 1 hour, but is solely dependent on your ability
          • Debriefing of information: up to 30 minutes

         How should I prepare for testing?

        • Day 1:  Follow Metabolic Testing pre-testing instructions
        • Day 2:  Follow Personal Fitness Package pre-testing instructions

        Assessment Fee Chart

        You may add Blood Lactate testing to either package for an additional $10

        Build your Own Package

        •  Contact us to discuss what would be best for you to receive a quote
        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 Assistant 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 cardiovascular disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer.  His expertise also encompasses helping athletes, mostly endurance runners, achieve their performance potential.  His research focuses on how individuals perceive and regulate exercise intensity. 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 Cancer Exercise Trainer, Registered Bod Pod User, and currently holds the ACSM Exercise is Medicine Level III credential.

        Research Studies

        Subjects Needed for Exercise Research Study

        Researchers are recruiting healthy young adults to participate in a study that involves performing an exercise trial with gradually increasing workloads up to their maximal capacity on a treadmill while answering questions based on their perception of the exercise.  Participants will also undergo Bod Pod testing to determine their body composition (i.e., percentage of fat and fat free mass).

        Subjects will be required to visit the Human Performance Lab located in the DiSepio Institute for Rural Health and Wellness at Saint Francis University for one session lasting no longer than two hours.

        During this session you will:

        Complete various questionnaires

        Undergo testing to determine your body composition (i.e., percentage of fat and fat free mass)

        Perform an exercise test on a treadmill to your maximal capacity

        What you will receive from participating:

        Your body composition and aerobic fitness results

        How to improve or maintain your results

        To be eligible you must be:

        Within 18 – 39 years of age

        Apparently healthy

        A non-smoker (or has quit for at least 6 months)

        Forms:

        Contact Information (Exercise Research Study)  Contact Information

        Health History Screening Form (Exercise Research Study)  Health History Screening Form

        If interested, please complete the forms and send them to DiSepioHPL@francis.edu.

        For any questions, please email or contact us at (814)-471-1132.