Exercise Science Laboratory
UW Health Sports Medicine's Exercise Science Laboratory is designed to help you maximize your athletic talents and abilities. This unique laboratory, equipped with state-of-the-art technology and an expert staff trained in exercise physiology and biomechanics, is devoted to improving human performance.
Using Technology to Evaluate Performance
Using the same leading-edge exercise science that helps hundreds of University of Wisconsin athletes, staff at the Exercise Science Laboratory specializes in physiological tests that evaluate fitness and monitor conditioning programs. Tests, which typically include measurement of cardiovascular fitness, anaerobic threshold, anaerobic power and body composition, are carefully tailored to the needs and demands of the sport. Training and conditioning programs are then designed based on the results of the tests.
Training for High School and College Athletes
Our laboratory historically has provided over 1,000 tests annually on intercollegiate athletes from the University of Wisconsin. In addition, funded research includes evaluation and selection of the body composition methods for the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).
Pediatric Fitness Clinic
This unique program combines education with fun for children between the ages of 5 and 18 who have concerns regarding their weight, who want to improve their fitness and conditioning, or who have developed medical problems related to their weight (such as high cholesterol, diabetes and high blood pressure).
The Exercise Science Laboratory does not limit its work to more accomplished athletes. Our staff takes great pride in the work it does with younger children, as well. A prime example of this is the Stoughton FIT KIDS study, during which 50 overweight students from River Bluff Middle School were given alternative physical education options - lifestyle-based physical education.
The hope was that, by participating in activities they enjoyed, the children would adopt a more active lifestyle. The results were promising. Study investigators found the kids exhibited:
- A significantly greater loss of body fat
- A greater increase in cardiovascular fitness
- A greater improvement in fasting insulin