Student Recreation Center
2001 South Rouse
Pittsburg, Kansas 66762
Director: Michael J. Carper, Ph.D.
The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) at Pittsburg State University serves as a student- and research-driven educational center dedicated to preparing students in the Exercise Science Program to pursue careers as Physical and Occupational Therapists, Physicians, Cardiac Rehabilitation Exercise Specialists, Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (NSCA-CSCS), Clinical Exercise Specialist (CES) or Personal Trainer (CPT), and Master’s or Doctoral Graduate Students. The HPL is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment for measurements of body composition, maximal oxygen consumption, lung function, lactate threshold, power output, diabetes screening, and health and fitness parameters. The laboratory also conducts performance testing on collegiate and professional athletes as well as recreational athletes. The HPL, in conjunction with the Exercise Science Program, prepares students to complete a number of certifications through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) . These certifications allow students and graduates to become certified as personal trainers, clinical exercise specialists, and strength and conditioning specialist, to name a few.
Exercise Science at Pittsburg State University
Exercise Science is the study of anatomical, physiological, and functional adaptations to acute and chronic exercise. Measurements of these adaptations can be delineated at the sub-cellular, cellular, tissue, and whole-body levels. The mechanisms of these adaptations are important in determining how the human body adjusts to stresses (i.e. exercise) during and following acute and chronic exercise bouts. These mechanisms are also important to understand for development of exercise regimens in the treatment of disease states such as the metabolic syndrome, diabetes, obesity, and/or cancer. These exercise regimens can also be used as a preventative approach to counteract the complications associated with a sedentary lifestyle (e.g. atherosclerosis, obesity, diabetes) or early onset of disease.
The Exercise Science Program and the Human Performance Laboratory have been designated as a National Strength and Conditioning Association Education Recognition Program since June 2007. Our program has placed students in graduate programs in physical and occupational therapy, exercise physiology as well as careers in strength and conditioning at the collegiate and professional levels, and as healthcare providers. We have a strong relationship with graduate programs and businesses locally, regionally, as well as nationally for placement of our students in internships and career positions such as biomedical research scientists, physical and occupational therapists, strength and conditioning coaches, and personal trainers.
Exercise Science Program Goal
Our goal in the Exercise Science Program is to produce top caliber graduates who can contribute to the body of knowledge in the fight against diseases associated with inactivity and/or an unhealthy lifestyle and to conduct ground breaking student and faculty research for the purpose of educating medical and health professionals on the importance of exercise in the health and well-being of humans.