The Biomechanics Laboratory is housed in the 3,000-square-foot Sports Injury Research Center facility on the UNLV campus. Co-Directors John Mercer, Ph.D., and Janet Dufek, Ph.D., share a research focus on lower-extremity function and injury prevention, which fosters a collaborative research environment for faculty and students.
Exercise Physiology Laboratory
The Exercise Physiology Laboratory comprises of three separate rooms that focus on human performance, exercise biochemistry, and body composition.
The main lab is 2300 sq ft and is used for evaluating human performance and body composition evaluation. Equipment used for human performance includes Landice and Nautilus treadmills, Woodway performance training and & rehabilitation Wattbike, Cosmed k4b2 portable gas analysis system, Hypoxico high altitude simulator, Quinton electrocardiogram machine, Hexoskin wearable body metric shirts, OMRON BP742 automated blood pressure devices, NOVA Biomedical Lactate Plus lactate meters, Minispir light spirometer, AEI Moxus metabolic measurement system, Dekan timing device with landing/timing pads, a vertical jump board and a 65" wall mounted HD TV. Equipment used for determining body composition includes an underwater weighing system, BOD POD, and Dual-Energy X-ray Absorptiometry (DEXA).
A separate 2050 sq ft. learning lab is located next to the main lab. It is used for teaching and as additional research space. It contains 3 Precore treadmills, 4 Monark cycle ergometers, 2 Monark Rehab Trainers, and a Quinton Corival 400 ergometer. Items such as Lange skinfold calipers, various step boxes, sit and reach equipment, Douglas bags, Tanita TBF-541 and OMRON HBF-300 bio-impedance devices, and various weight-lifting equipment are also located in this space for hands-on learning.
The exercise biochemistry lab is 150 sq ft and includes an Epoch 96-well microtiter plate reader, Beckman refrigerated centrifuge, Eppendorf micro centrifuge, Revco -80 freezer, Air Science ductless fume hood, Precision reciprocal shaking water bath, Genesys Gamma-1 RIA gamma counter, and Barnstead Mega Pure water system.
Motor Performance and Learning Laboratory
Housed in the Paul McDermott Physical Education Building, the Motor Performance and Learning Lab consists of a testing room, work and meeting space, and a storage area. The lab is equipped with a stabilometer (stability platform), portable force platform, ski simulator, Bassin anticipation timer, reaction time measurement devices, and video camera. The testing room contains a putting green, driving range golf mat, catch net, and ball machine for experiments that require swinging, batting, or throwing motions.
Physical Activity Policy Research Laboratory
The Physical Activity Policy Research Lab is located in the McDermott Physical Education Complex (MPE), Room 330. Research in this lab focuses on examining physical activity in relation to policy and the environment in a variety of active living domains, including schools, workplaces, community recreation venues, and transportation.
The work conducted by faculty and students has appeared in multiple national and international publications.