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Human Performance Lab

The Idaho State University Human Performance Lab is a testing and education center with cutting edge equipment and technology. Various exercise tests and fitness evaluations are offered in the lab, both for students and for the public. Students seeking a degree with an exercise science emphasis become proficient in performing standard exercise tests. The lab has become a staple of the Sport Science and Physical Education department, allowing students to gain expertise in exercise testing and research.

Our Equipment

Here in the HP Lab, we take pride in the quality of our equipment. Recently, a significant grant was awarded to the department to enhance exercise testing equipment (courtesy of COSMED), ensuring that students and patrons are utilizing current technology. Additional equipment used in the lab includes a Velotron stationary bicycle used for Wingate and performance testing, a hydrostatic weigh tank for testing body composition, and nutritional analysis software. Future developments to the lab equipment will include a mobile metabolic cart for testing outside the lab and a BOD POD for body composition testing.

Exercise Testing

In the lab, a variety of tests are offered. Using our treadmill and metabolic carts, we are able to test for peak anaerobic power and measure the electrical activity of the heart. Body composition can be analyzed using the hydrostatic weigh tank and/or a skin fold caliper analysis. Using the Diet Analysis software on the computers in the lab, a full nutritional analysis can be performed by collecting data over a three-day period. A number of tests are also available for both the general public and the students of ISU. All of these tests are performed by our lab technicians. All tests and their pricing can be found at the bottom of this page.

Coursework

Students pursuing an emphasis in exercise science gain hands-on experience in the HP Lab through PE 3301 and PE 4484. In PE 3301, Psychology of Exercise, students learn what occurs in the body when it is put under the stress of exercise, and learn how to perform a number of exercise tests available in the lab. In PE 4484, Exercise Assessment and Prescription, students learn how to read and interpret ECGs, and how to administer Bruce Protocol VO2 Max and Wingate Anaerobic power tests. This class is considered extremely hands-on and an excellent opportunity for students to see what a career in exercise science could be like.

Michael Meyers

Michael C. Meyers, PhD, FACSM

Professor

Office: Reed Gym 201F

208-282-3727

meyemic@@isu.edu

Meet the Director

Michael C. Meyers, PhD, FACSM, is presently Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education at Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID. Formerly an assistant dean at the College of Western Idaho and Senior Research Scientist at Montana State University, Dr. Meyers is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine, Past-President of the Texas Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, and recognized on the Sport Phycology Registry, United States Olympic Committee. Dr. Meyers holds a Ph.D. in kinesiology from Texas A&M University with an emphasis in sport physiology as it relates to orthopedic sports medicine, a M.S. degree in nutrition and physiology (TAMU), and a B.S. degree in animal nutrition from Oklahoma State University. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor and Graduate Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University, working in the area of pain response in athletes following injury and rehabilitation. He has authored over 75 scientific journal publications and has given over 430 regional, national, and international presentations. Over the past 27 years, Dr. Meyers continues to be involved with numerous high school, collegiate, professional, and elite organizations and athletes in the areas of injury epidemiology research, comprehensive sport performance assessment, and talent identification and development.

Shad Robinson

Shad Robinson, MPE, CSCS

Lab Coordinator

Office: Reed Gym 125, 205

208-282-3727/3967

robishad@isu.edu

Marissa Chase

Marissa Chase

Human Performance Lab Intern

Office: Reed Gym 125

208-282-3727

chasmari@isu.edu

Marissa Chase is currently working as a Career Path Intern for the Human Performance Lab. She is in her final year of undergrad, and will be graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Once graduated, Marissa hopes to get into Physician Assistants Studies to gain her Masters. Marissa is currently working alongside Dr. Meyers on research related to the incidence of hand and wrist injuries for football players compared to natural grass and field turf.

Mitchell Cushman

Mitchell Cushman

Human Performance Lab Intern

Office: Reed Gym 125

208-282-3721

cushmitc@isu.edu

Mitch grew up in Ucon, Idaho, a small town just north of Idaho Falls. He graduated from Bonneville High School in 2013, then began his undergraduate career with the College of Southern Idaho. After one semester, he transferred to Idaho State University at the Idaho Falls campus, then moved to Pocatello in 2015 to begin taking classes on the main campus. Once on the main campus, Mitch changed his major from civil engineering to physical education and began planning for a career in the medical. Mitch joined the Human Performance Lab as a Career Path Intern in January of 2017, and is also president of the Kappa Sigma fraternity and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, a national honor society. He will graduate this May with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science. After graduation, Mitch plans on working to gain patient care experience, as well as continuing to assist in research with Dr. Michael Meyers. From the great help and advice of the SSPE faculty, Mitch plans on attending medical school and will apply in the Fall of 2019.

Jase Johnson

Jase Johnson

Human Performance Lab Intern

Office: Reed Gym 125

208-282-3727

johnjase@isu.edu

Jase Johnson was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. Some of his hobbies include: mountain biking, dirt-biking, and skiing. However, if it is has anything to do with physical activity, he is willing to try it. He has a wife with two young children.  He is currently a full time student at Idaho State University; graduating in May of 2018 with a Bachelor in Science: Physical Education degree with an emphasis in Exercise Science. He also works in the Human Performance Lab as a Career Path Intern to complement his studies while at ISU. He is also currently studying for the MCAT with a career goal of going to medical school and obtaining a physician license in the field of Orthopedic Surgery. His hopes are to come back to the area of Pocatello and practice Orthopedic Surgery in the area.

Jennifer McCaw

Jennifer McCaw

Human Performance Lab Intern

Office: Reed Gym 125

208-282-3727

mccajen3@isu.edu

Jennifer McCaw is a senior from Pahrump, Nevada and will be graduating this May with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science. She played for the ISU women's soccer team for four years and was named team most valuable player in 2016 and team captain in 2017. After her soccer career was over, she started as a Career Path Intern in the Human Performance Lab in January 2018. Jennifer's career goals are to become an athletic trainer, get into a Physician Assistant program, then become a PA in orthopedics. She is now working with Dr. Meyers on a research study that looks at cardiac and blood pressure abnormalities among female collegiate athletes.

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