Department of Kinesiology Labs

Preakness Hall2The Department of Kinesiology located in Preakness Hall (pictured above) provides many additional resources to students to enhance their success in the program. In 2019, WPU opened a new state-of-the art Human Performance Lab, Biomechanics Lab, Motor Control Lab, Exercise Room, Phlebotomy Lab and a Graduate student office.

The Human Performance Lab

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The human performance lab contains a variety of equipment that is used to measure various physiological parameters.  These include a metabolic cart that allows measurement of oxygen consumption and pulmonary functions as well as cardiac output assessments.  This equipment also allows measurement of resting metabolic rates (RMR) and electrocardiography stress testing.  The lab also has an AlterG(TM) anti-gravity treadmill, as well as several terrestrial treadmills, Monark cycle ergometers, Velotron Wingate cycle ergometer, hydrostatic weighing tank and electromyography; to name a few.  

Phlebotomy Lab

Phlebotomy Lab

The phlebotomy lab, located within the Human Performance Lab is where blood samples can be safely collected, analyzed, or prepared for storage.  Students are provided the opportunity to investigate the effects of exercise and diet on various metabolites and blood chemistry within the human body as a part of their academic coursework and in research studies.The lab is equipped with an Alere Cholestec LDX cholesterol analyzer, NovaLactate lactate analyzer, -20° C freezer, urine refractometer, phlebotomy chair, and a 4000 rpm centrifuge.  Students are instructed and supervised on the safe handling of blood and urine samples, and are provided with all appropriate safety equipment.  

Biomechanics Lab

Biomech Lab

The biomechanics Lab contains 3D body scanner, a 20 camera high-speed motion capture system, force plates, treadmill and a Velotron cycle ergometer.

Motor Behavior Lab

The Motor Behavior Lab contains a variety of equipment, which permits students to look at various factors that affect motor skill performance and learning.  There is a state-of-the-art simple and choice reaction time and movement time apparatus that provides an audio or visual stimulus.  The lab also has kinesiometers and basin anticipation timers to understand the neurological processes within the human brain.

Exercise Room

The Exercise Room is equipped with kettlebells, dumbbells, yoga blocks, mats, bolsters and straps. steps, battle ropes, TRX straps as well as fitness assessment equipment.  Students work with faculty, staff and students as they learn and implement up to date one on one and group fitness assessments and programming needs.

Exercise Room

View requirements and course descriptions: Exercise Science, BS

Athletic Training Lab

There are two athletic training rooms and an athletic training classroom utilized for the athletic training education program. One athletic training room is located in Wightman Gymnasium, while a second one is located in the Fieldhouse. The Wightman Gymnasium athletic training room is primarily used for the in-depth assessment of athletic injuries, follow-up treatment, rehabilitation, and modality application.  This facility is equipped with hydrotherapy equipment, therapeutic modalities, and exercise equipment for athletic injury rehabilitation. The Fieldhouse athletic training room is used for athlete practice and game preparation. Didactic courses are taught in the Athletic Training Classroom Wightman Gym 204. All three rooms are used for clinical instruction of athletic training students. 

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View requirements and course descriptions: Athletic Training

Our current students and alumni have interned at various locations including the Olympic Training Center, NY Jets, NY Knicks, NY Islanders, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Chiropractic, strength and conditioning (university and privately owned), wellness programs at the YMCA's, corporate fitness centers and fitness facilities associated with area hospitals throughout New Jersey.

Graduates of our program are prepared for numerous certifications, including but not limited to, the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), National Strength and Conditioning (NSCA), National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM), American Council on Exercise (ACE), and the Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA).