Physical Activity and Measurement Lab
This 500 square foot, temperature-controlled laboratory is dedicated to the measurement of variables primarily associated with physical activity and exercise interventions, as well as the demonstration of appropriate exercise form.
Major equipment available in the laboratory includes:
- GAITRite 16-foot instrumented walkway (CIR Systems, Inc./GAITRite, Sparta NJ) for measuring gait speed, stance, and a variety of additional variables in adults and children, including those using assistive devices such as canes or walkers.
- Dynatronics Parallel Bars provides safety for those using the instrumented walkway (Dyantronics, Salt Lake City, UT).
- BioSway Portable Balance System (Biodex Medical Systems, Inc. Shirley, NY) provides a valid and reliable objective measure of a person’s neuromuscular control and ability to balance on both firm and unstable surfaces.
- Cadwell Sierra Wave EMG NCV system (Cadwell Laboratories, Inc. Kennewick, WA) allows for EMG and nerve conduction velocity testing.
- Vibratron II, Vibration Sensitivity Tester, and NTE-2A (Physitemp Instruments Inc., Clifton NJ) allows the investigator to objectively test a research participant’s response to vibration and temperature as part of Quantitative Sensory Testing (QST).
- Wireless wGT3X+ wrist, ankle waist monitors, and ActiLife software allows investigators to record objective 24 hour physical activity and sleep/wake data for up to 30 days (Actigraph, Pensacola, FL).
Other measurement equipment includes the Health-O-Meter Professional Digital Beam Scale and Stadiometer (North Shore Care Supply, Buffalo Grove), to measure height and weight to 500 lbs; SECA 213 portable stadiometer for the measurement of height (Medical Scales and Measuring Systems, Hamburg, Germany); Flexibility Tester (Models 12-1085 and 1086) measures core flexibility (Fabrication Enterprises, Inc., White Plains NY); Shoulder Finger Ladder Model 760 measures shoulder flexibility (Bailey Manufacturing Company, LLC, Forestville NY); Hapenden Skin fold calipers for precise measurement of skin fold thicknesses (British Indicators LTD, St Albans, Herts, England); Lafayette Model 01127 and Lange Skin fold calipers for measurement of skin fold thicknesses (Lafayette Instruments, Lafayette, IN, Cambridge); JAMAR Digital Hand Dynamometer measures hand strength, and can be used to estimate total body strength (Therapeutic Equipment Corp, Clifton NJ); a six foot exam table, chairs, a 3-panel screen for privacy, and a sink.
Exercise demonstration equipment includes the NuStep Seated Stepper (NuStep, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI), an exercise system that allows participants to complete a non-weight dependent aerobic exercise bout; Theraband Stability Trainer, exercise balls, exercise bands and tubing, core training equipment, Web Slide Exercise Rail System (Hygenic Corporation, Akron, OH); hand and ankle weights from one to five pounds.