The faculty of the Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition, and Recreation are among some of the most noted researchers at the University. The faculty also have a long tradition of involving undergraduate and graduate students in research activities.

Research Facilities

In accordance with the mission of the University, the facilities used for research are teaching facilities first. Most of these facilities are used for classes or laboratories and research activities.

Athletic Training Education Laboratory

Primarily one of the areas best teaching laboratories. The students in the athletic training education program are also involved in research. Many have presented case studies at the regional athletic training conference.

The laboratory features state of the art therapeutic modalities, such as diathermy, ultrasound, and laser therapy equipment. The facility also includes equipment used in assessment and rehabilitation of injuries and chronic conditions.

Bone Density Laboratory

Featuring a state-of-the-art Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometer (DEXA) the lab also serves as a body composition laboratory. The equipment in this laboratory includes numerous commercial and laboratory systems for estimation of body fat. Used by numerous undergraduate and graduate students for research projects.

Human Performance Laboratory

The Human Performance Laboratory is located in the Student Recreation Center. The 1,400 square foot laboratory is fully equipped with state-of-the-art metabolic measurement systems, 12-lead EKG, treadmills, Monark leg ergometers, a cycling simulator, lactate analyzers, and a collection of body composition measurement devices. The laboratory is used as a classroom for Exercise Testing courses and naturally for Exercise Physiology Laboratory sections.

The faculty and students of the Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation use the laboratory for data collection. The faculty of the department routinely present and publish papers with student co-authors. This demonstrates the dedication the faculty of the department have to involving undergraduate and graduate students in research activities.

Motor Development Laboratory

The newest of the department’s laboratory facilities, the Motor Development Laboratory is used by the Physical Education faculty for teaching and research. This laboratory includes balance and stability assessment equipment, including a stability platform. Also includes a rotary pursuit for hand-eye assessment.

Dearmont Kitchen/Foods Laboratory

A full-service teaching laboratory used for dietetics and food science courses located in Dearmont Hall. This facility includes a multi-station teaching facility and a mass food production kitchen.

Samples of Student Research

Barnes, J.T., Wagganer, J.D., Loenneke, J.P., & Miller, W.M.† (2018). Validity of Ultrasound and Skinfolds for the Measurement of Body Composition in Male Collegiate Basketball Players. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 50(5S).

Otte, M.L.†, Shrum, L.K.†, Barns, K.D.†, Sievers, S.M.†, Barnes, J.T., Pujol, T.J., & Wagganer, J.D. (2018). Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis versus Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry Body Fat Percentage Measurements in Collegiate Basketball Players. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 50(5S).

Sievers, S.M.†, Wagganer, J.D., Barnes, J.T., & Pujol, T.J. (2018). Relationship Between Perceived and Actual Hydration Levels in Recreationally Active College Students. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, 50(5S).

Barnes, J.T., Wagganer, J.D., Loenneke, J.P., Miller, W.M.†, Gegg, C.R.†, McDowell, K.W.†, Shrum, L.K.†, & Barns, K.D. (2017). The Validity of a Joint Diameter-based System for the Measurement of Body Composition. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 49(5S):259-260.

Welter, K.M.*, Wagganer, J.D., & Barnes, J.T. (2017). Measured vs. Perceived Hydration Status in Recreationally Active College-aged Students. International Journal of Exercise Science, 11(5).

Shrum, L.K.*, Keczkemethy, K.G.†, Barnes, J.T., Pujol, T.J., & Wagganer, J.D. (2017). Accuracy of Indirect Calorimetry and Predictive Equations for the Measurement of Resting Metabolic Rate. Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, 49(5S):579.

Trong, T.* (2018) Aortic Aneurysm and Heart Murmur in a Female Collegiate Gymnast. Presented at the Mid-America Athletic Trainers Association Meeting.

* - Undergraduate Student

† - Graduate Student


Parker Hall 216

Department of Kinesiology, Nutrition and Recreation
One University Plaza, MS 7650
Cape Girardeau, Missouri 63701

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