Wednesday, January 31, 2018

During fall semester, Exercise Physiology grad students practiced orchestrating and participating in tests for maximal power. Below are demonstrations of a vertical jump test used to determine one’s vertical jump height, and a Wingate Anaerobic Test. During the Wingate test, students pedaled as fast as possible for 30 seconds against a constant workload to measure anaerobic mechanical power. After the protocol was complete, testers were able to evaluate peak power, mean power, and the fatigue index for the duration of the test. As some students realized, this is an exhausting test but verbal encouragement can make a difference for the participant.




Wednesday, December 20, 2017

This fall, we were fortunate to add two new major pieces of equipment to our lab. We purchased another metabolic analyzer, an Ultima from MGC Diagnostics which has the capability to collect ECG data and also has the software to measure cardiac output (Q) using the CO2 rebreathing technique. We have updated the software on one of our older Ultimas and will update the software on the oldest one before spring semester begins.

We also purchased an electro-magnetically braked Lode cycle ergometer. This will allow for setting workloads at any specific wattage without the need to maintain a constant pedal speed - the load will adjust automatically to changes in the revolutions per minute. It can also be controlled by a computer to adjust workloads.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Most of the seniors got together for an evening out with the faculty on December 13 at Grandma's Sports Garden in Canal Park.  Since they are finished with their exercise physiology courses this semester and only have internships to complete next semester, they were up for an "out of classroom" experience with the faculty.  It was an enjoyable evening.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Today was ugly sweater day or Christmas sweater day for our seniors.  Roughly half the class participated.  Their timing fits the weather as it has been snowing all morning.  The other half of the class was roasting chestnuts on an open fire.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

City of Duluth Health Fair

On Wednesday, November 1, graduate students in the CSS Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training programs conducted fitness and functional assessments on employees of the City of Duluth as part of the Bridge to Wellness Health Fair held annually at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC). The fitness and functional assessments were just two of the many options that City of Duluth employees had. The Health Fair encompassed many facets of health and wellness with a multitude of options for attendees ranging from hands-on and participation activities to educational presentations to lipid panel and glucose testing. There were also dozens of vendors and representatives of the healthcare industry in the main expo hall. This is the third year that the Exercise Physiology program has been involved with the Health Fair. Exercise Physiology graduate students worked in pairs to conduct the 30-minute fitness assessment battery on participants. The battery of tests included resting blood pressure and heart rate, body composition, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, and aerobic fitness. On the other side of the room, Athletic Training students conducted functional assessments via a different 30-minute battery of tests. The Exercise Physiology Department plans to continue its involvement for years to come since it represents a great opportunity for students to apply what they are learning in a real-world setting. Additionally, it represents a good opportunity for the department to engage in community service.


Wednesday, November 8, 2017

EXP grad students teaching PA students ECG and GXT

This fall the EXP Master's students have been working in collaboration with the PA graduate students in the GXT lab. This collaboration is beneficial for both groups in that it provides a hands-on teaching experience for the EXP students in regard to demonstrating 12, 15, and 18 lead electrode placements, maximum exercise tests, and sub-maximum exercise tests. It also provides the PA students an opportunity to learn more about the interworkings of GXT testing and what their future patients may experience in the stress lab. Based on feedback that has been received from the EXP and PA students, this has been a positive experience overall for both groups.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Fall NACSM conference

Some students and faculty attended the NACSM fall conference (photo below).  The theme of the meeting was community health.  Participants were encouraged to improve the health of their communities using various strategies and programs.