The sports medicine laboratory houses examination and treatment equipment, as well as a patient simulator to practice real-life scenarios. Students practice assessment utilizing equipment such as the Biodex system, Qualisys, and Dartfish motion analysis systems to identify and document physical impairments. Students then learn how to treat athletic injuries with various rehabilitation equipment and techniques.
In the human performance laboratory, students have access to resistance training equipment including Olympic Platforms with Olympic bars and bumper plates, dumbbells, benches, traditional resistance training machines, and squat racks. These various forms of resistance equipment afford the students a unique opportunity to compare and contrast techniques and equipment for a wide array of clinical and sport-performance applications.
Students also have opportunities to assess calisthenics, speed, and agility in the human performance laboratory. The wood suspension flooring of the laboratory allows students to safely practice and analyze high impact and plyometric training, utilizing portable high speed cameras. Students are exposed to numerous methods for speed, agility, and quickness training and trained on good practices for technique and coaching.
The human performance laboratory also houses an AlterG Anti-Gravity treadmill and Hydroworx underwater treadmill. These provide opportunities for rehabilitation and training with options to control for resistance, incline, speed, as well as variation in subject’s perceived weight. The Hydroworx treadmill is also outfitted with 3 underwater cameras with video capabilities so that students can make real-time adjustments or monitor progress over time.
The laboratories house submaximal and maximal exercise assessment equipment. The Athletic Training students participate in labs utilizing the Medgraphics metabolic cart, Quinton Cardiac Stress System, and Parvomedics metabolic cart with treadmill and ergometer. For field testing, the students also have opportunities to familiarize with the K4b2 portable metabolic cart and polar training heart rate monitors.
During body composition units, students have access to a wide variety of assessment equipment. The Athletic training program houses bioelectrical impedance body composition analyzers, skin-fold calipers, and the BodPod body composition analyzer. Students have opportunities to compare validity of results between the various methods and discuss which assessment methods are best utilized in various scenarios.
The facilities employed within the Athletic Training Major provide students with opportunities to learn a wide array of therapeutic and diagnostic assessment techniques in the sports medicine and human performance laboratories. Faculty are able to teach students the latest, best practices in healthcare using advanced, contemporary equipment that students will utilize throughout their careers.