James Madison University


Human Performance Laboratory

The Human Performance Laboratory is used for teaching applications, research, and community outreach in the general area of health assessment and promotion. A broad array of laboratory instrumentation supports the investigation and practical skill application in the areas of energy expenditure and metabolism, body composition, muscular strength and endurance, and a variety of physical health assessments that include bone mineral density screening, EKG recording, lipid analysis, pulmonary function, and resting metabolism assessment.

Each student experience includes practical skill application in the Human Performance Laboratory. A  HAP graduate learns physical health assessments that include:

  • Body Composition & Bone Density
  • Blood glucose & Lipids
  • Exercise Testing & Prescription
  • EKG Recording & Interpretation
  • Muscular Strength/Endurance
  • Pulmonary Function
  • Resting Metabolism Assessment.

The results of theses assessments form the basis for an individual health risk profile and the physical activity and exercise prescription recommendation for each volunteer.

Equipment housed in the Human Performance Laboratory include:

  • Accudexa BMD analyzer
  • Accusport Portable Lactate Analyzer
  • BIODEX Isokinetic System
  • Microlife's BodyGem & MedGem Handheld Indirect Calorimeters
  • Bod Pod body composition system
  • Cholestech LDX blood lipid analyzer
  • Clinitek Urine Specimen Analyzer
  • Cosmed K4b2 portable metabolic unit
  • Cosmed Quark b2 metabolic unit
  • Cosmed Quark Indirect Calorimeter
  • Cosmed Pony FX Spirometer
  • GE Lunar Prodigy bone densiometer
  • Quinton Medtrack ST55 Treadmill
  • Quinton Q4500 EKG system
  • RT3 Triaxial Accelerometers
  • Monark Cycle Ergometers


  • August 28
    First Day of Classes
  • November 17-25
    Thanksgiving Break
  • December 9-15
    Final Examinations
  • December 15-16