What our lab does
In general our lab focuses on exercise response and training adaptations for sport, recreational and healthy activities.
Current research activities include:
- Any type of physiological assessment of acute and chronic exercise responses,
- as well as investigations of unique physical activity and athlete training programs
- nutritional supplementation with exercise and training,
- occupational exercise stress
- and exercise factors associated with women and men's health.
The laboratory houses
- state of the art metabolic measurement systems,
- isokinetic dynamometry,
- a variety of body composition assessment techniques,
- a variety of ergometers as well as equipment that can be used for basic biochemical analyses of various exercise responses.
- Monark and electronic cycle ergometers, rowing ergometers, treadmills
- Automated metabolic measurement systems, including Parvo Medics and Medgraphics CPXD systems used for exercise testing resting metabolic measurements
- An automated system is available for pulmonary function assessment
- A variety of muscle testing equipment (e.g. Cybex II)
- ECG and heart rate monitoring devices
- Nutritional software
Our lab group also collaborates with other centres at the University of Alberta to access
- MRI/NMR scanning,
- DEXA scanning, echocardioagraphy, near infra-red spectroscopy,
- muscle biopsy techniques,
- other biochemical techniques,
- arm crank ergometers and
- wheel chair rollers.