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Musculoskeletal Lab

The Musculoskeletal Evaluation Lab in the Department of Applied Health Sciences is designed to give Exercise Science students the ability to master hands-on skills related to musculoskeletal injury evaluative and diagnostic procedures. Innovative techniques such as musculoskeletal diagnostic ultrasound are demonstrated and practiced throughout the curriculum. Using evidence-based practice principles, diagnostic skill sets include evaluative competencies in:

  • Palpation
  • Range of motion
  • Muscular strength, power, and endurance
  • Special and ligamentous stress tests
  • Neurologic examination
  • Functional testing

The Therapeutic Interventions Lab in the Department of Applied Health Sciences is designed to give Exercise Science students the ability to master hands-on skills related to therapeutic modalities and therapeutic exercise. Therapeutic modality skill sets include competencies in:

  • Therapeutic ultrasound
  • Electrical stimulation, Thermotherapy and Cryotherapy
  • Biofeedback
  • Therapeutic laser
  • Mechanical traction
  • Massage
  • Shortwave diathermy 

Therapeutic exercise skill sets include competencies in:

  • Manual therapy techniques (joint mobilization and traction)
  • Strengthening (increasing strength, power, and endurance)
  • Improving range of motion and flexibility
  • Neuromuscular control
  • Balance and stability
  • Functional exercises
  • Maintaining cardiorespiratory endurance

For additional information, please contact:

Musculoskeletal Evaluation Lab Director

Mr. Jeremy Erdmann at


Therapeutic Interventions Lab Co-Director

Dr. Amelia Dodd at


Therapeutic Interventions Lab Co-Director 

Dr. Kristan Erdmann at

Exercise Science Lab

 Exercise Science program of the AHS Department is excited to introduce the Clinical Exercise Physiology and Metabolism Laboratory (Director - Dr. Brenda Reeves)

The mission of this lab is to provide a superior quality of teaching for our students through hands-on integrative lab experiences.  The lab will also be utilized to conduct faculty and student research for publishing in peer-reviewed journals and to offer a service to the community by providing laboratory based assessments using some of the most sophisticated methods available. The lab is equipped with state of the art equipment that allow faculty and students to conduct risk assessments for cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes, complete fitness assessments and evaluations, as well as measure parameters of exercise-related biochemistry and metabolic function. Assessments completed in our lab include:

  • Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max)
  • Resting metabolic rate
  • Stress test with full 12-lead ECG
  • Blood lipid panel including total cholesterol, HDL cholesterol, glucose, and triglycerides.
  • Blood lactate
  • Body composition via skinfold calipers and ultrasound
  • Anaerobic power
  • Muscular strength and endurance
  • Flexibility
  • Lung function
  • Athletic performance testing

 Current on-going research projects:

Our faculty in Exercise Science and Nutrition/Dietetics are working in collaboration with the local hospital, as well as nursing faculty within the School of Nursing and Health Professions on a community-based clinical research project aimed to teach type 2 diabetics how they can help self-manage their diabetes in hopes of increasing their quality of life.


For additional information please contact the Director of Exercise Science Labs, Dr. Brenda Reeves. 403N Applied Science Building. (270) 809-5688.