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Human Performance lab adds impressive technology

January 14, 2014 3:00PM

Graduate student Lindsey Gordon conducts a DEXA scan on Morgan Gross, an instructor in the English Department and assistant director of the Writing Center.

DEXA is just the latest piece of high-tech equipment in Pittsburg State University’s Human Performance laboratory.

DEXA, short for Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry, is sometimes referred to as a bone densitometer and measures bone density and body composition. It will be used by students in PSU’s rapidly growing Exercise Science Program.

Mike Leiker, assistant professor in the Department of Health, Human Performance and Recreation (HHPR) and director of the Human Performance Lab, said DEXA will be an important learning tool for students.

“After they graduate, some of our students will likely find themselves in clinical settings where DEXA is used,” Leiker said. “This experience will not only teach them how to use the technology, but will also benefit them in developing important professional clinical relationships with clients.”

Mike Carper, who is also an assistant professor in HHPR, said DEXA will give students important information that can be used to plan or assess the effectiveness of exercise.

“We know that weight bearing activity adds to bone mass,” Carper said. “Using DEXA, we can determine whether someone’s health and wellness program is benefiting them.”

Leiker said he expects DEXA to be used by a wide variety of students, but especially by students in the “Techniques and Instrumentation,” and “Exercise Testing” classes.

“It’s also a great recruiting tool,” Leiker said.

Leiker and Carper emphasized that they will not use DEXA for diagnostics, but as a teaching and research tool.

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