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Healthy men with previous lower-body strength training experience between the ages of 18-35 are invited to volunteer for a research study. Potential subjects must have participated in, on average, at least one lower-body strength training session per week over the previous six months. Subjects must be free of metabolic and/or neuromuscular disease. This study will involve three separate visits to the Muscular Assessment Laboratory (room 107) of the Exercise and Sports Sciences building. Financial compensation is not available. For more information, email Jacob Mota and Elias Carrillo.
Healthy women between the ages of 18 and 35 that have not been involved in a structured upper-body strength training program during the previous six months are invited to participate in a study. The study requires five visits to the Muscular Assessment Laboratory (room 107). The first, third, and fifth visits will take roughly 30 minutes. The second and fourth visits will each take slightly more than two hours. For all five visits to the laboratory, we will test the strength of your arm muscles using dumbbells and/or a device called an isokinetic dynamometer. For either the second or the fourth visit, you will be asked to perform a workout that involves lowering a heavy dumbbell for six sets of ten repetitions. We expect that this workout will make your arm muscles very sore. This investigation will also utilize a technique known as electromyography, or EMG, to measure muscle activation. If you are interested in learning more about this study, please contact Kendra Olinghouse.
Faculty members within the Department of Health, Exercise, and Sport Sciences have research agendas that answer important questions related to adaptations to strength training, the non-invasive assessment of muscle function, the rate of force/torque development, and many other topics. As shown below, the Human Performance and Muscular Assessment Laboratories are well-equipped with the latest and most sophisticated research technology, allowing our department to perform a variety of very unique experiments. We believe strongly in student mentorship. Graduate and undergraduate students have the opportunity to make important contributions to our research studies.
The Muscular Assessment Laboratory was designed to allow researchers to study muscle strength and function of the lower body during isokinetic, isometric, and dynamic constant external resistance (DCER) muscle actions. A mobile computer cart with Delsys electromyographic (EMG) equipment is often wheeled in and out of the lab as well. The equipment in the Muscular Assessment Laboratory includes a Biodex isokinetic dynamometer, a custom-built chair designed to measure isometric strength of the leg extensors, and DCER leg extension and curl machines.
The Human Performance Laboratory is conveniently located in the middle of our brand new building. This large facility (82 ft x 32 ft) allows researchers to perform data collection for multiple studies simultaneously. The Human Performance Laboratory also has office space for our young, ambitious graduate students that are working on data collection, entry, and analysis for their thesis projects. The Human Performance Laboratory’s current research equipment and testing capabilities include:
Strength Training and Conditioning
- Exerbotics vertical isokinetic squat unit
- EliteFTS power racks with add-on rubber 6 x 8 deadlift platforms
- Texas power bars
- EliteFTS Pull-up/Dip stations
- 1,000+ pounds of York Barbell Olympic free-weights
- Olympic free-weight bench press
- PowerBlock 90 pound dumbbell set with stand
- Sorinex root-hog sleds
Power and velocity
- GymAware velocity technology (Sorinex)
- Vertec (vertical power)
- Standing long jump mat (horizontal power)
Force and Motion Analyses
- VICONPEAK motion analysis system
- AMTI force plates
- Delsys Bagnoli and Trigno wireless EMG systems
2013 NSCA National Conference
- Luera, M.J., and M.S. Stock. Electromyographic amplitude versus average concentric and eccentric squat force relationships. Poster presentation at the National Strength and Conditioning Association 36th Annual Conference and Exhibition, 2013, Las Vegas, NV.
- Shields, J.E., Stock, M.S., and M.J. Luera. Test-retest reliability of peak and average concentric and eccentric isovelocity squat force. Poster presentation at the National Strength and Conditioning Association 36th Annual Conference and Exhibition, 2013, Las Vegas, NV.
- Travis, W.J., Stock, M.S., and M.J. Luera. Relationship between the anthropometric estimation of unilateral thigh muscle cross-sectional area and peak eccentric squat force. Poster presentation at the National Strength and Conditioning Association 36th Annual Conference and Exhibition, 2013, Las Vegas, NV.
2013 Texas ACSM Annual Conference
- Shields, J.E., Stock, M.S., Luera, M.J., Munayer, I.K., and J.C. Young. Creatine kinase, lactate dehydrogenase, and myoglobin responses following repeated Wingate anaerobic tests versus barbell back squats: a pilot study. Poster presentation at the Texas American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, 2013, Austin, TX.
- Munayer, I.K., Stock, M.S., Luera, M.J., and J.E. Shields. Relationship between one repetition maximum strength and peak power output for the free-weight bench press exercise. Poster presentation at the Texas American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, 2013, Austin, TX.
- Luera, M.J., Stock, M.S., Shields, J.E., and I.K. Munayer. Effects of diverting activities on recovery from repeated maximum voluntary contractions. Poster presentation at the Texas American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, 2013, Austin, TX.