Human Performance Lab
The Idaho State University Human Performance (HP) Lab is a testing and education center with cutting edge equipment and technology. Various exercise tests and fitness evaluations are offered in the lab, both for students and for the public. Students seeking a degree with an exercise science emphasis become proficient in performing standard exercise tests. The HP Lab has become a staple of the Sport Science and Physical Education department, allowing students to gain expertise in exercise testing and research.
Here in the HP Lab, we take pride in the quality of our equipment. Recently, a significant grant was awarded to the department to enhance exercise testing equipment (courtesy of COSMED), ensuring that students and patrons are utilizing current technology. Additional equipment used in the lab includes a Velotron stationary bicycle used for Wingate and performance testing, a hydrostatic weigh tank for testing body composition, and nutritional analysis software. Future developments to the lab equipment will include a mobile metabolic cart for testing outside the lab and a BOD POD for body composition testing.
In the lab, a variety of tests are offered. Using our treadmill and metabolic carts, we are able to test for peak anaerobic power and measure the electrical activity of the heart. Body composition can be analyzed using the hydrostatic weigh tank and/or a skin fold caliper analysis. Using the Diet Analysis software on the computers in the lab, a full nutritional analysis can be performed by collecting data over a three-day period. A number of tests are also available for both the general public and the students of ISU. All of these tests are performed by our lab technicians. All tests and their pricing can be found at the bottom of this page.
Students pursuing an emphasis in exercise science gain hands-on experience in the HP Lab through PE 3301 and PE 4484. In PE 3301, Psychology of Exercise, students learn what occurs in the body when it is put under the stress of exercise, and learn how to perform a number of exercise tests available in the lab. In PE 4484, Exercise Assessment and Prescription, students learn how to read and interpret ECGs, and how to administer Bruce Protocol VO2 Max and Wingate Anaerobic power tests. This class is considered extremely hands-on and an excellent opportunity for students to see what a career in exercise science could be like.
Meet the Director
Michael C. Meyers, PhD, FACSM, is presently Associate Professor of Exercise Physiology, Department of Sport Science and Physical Education at Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID. Formerly an assistant dean at the College of Western Idaho and Senior Research Scientist at Montana State University, Dr. Meyers is a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine, Past-President of the Texas Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, and recognized on the Sport Phycology Registry, United States Olympic Committee. Dr. Meyers holds a Ph.D. in kinesiology from Texas A&M University with an emphasis in sport physiology as it relates to orthopedic sports medicine, a M.S. degree in nutrition and physiology (TAMU), and a B.S. degree in animal nutrition from Oklahoma State University. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor and Graduate Faculty in the Department of Psychology at Texas A&M University, working in the area of pain response in athletes following injury and rehabilitation. He has authored over 75 scientific journal publications and has given over 430 regional, national, and international presentations. Over the past 27 years, Dr. Meyers continues to be involved with numerous high school, collegiate, professional, and elite organizations and athletes in the areas of injury epidemiology research, comprehensive sport performance assessment, and talent identification and development.
Shad Robinson MPEAA, CSCS
Graduate Teaching Assistants
Andrew Polenske is one of two graduate assistants and co-coordinators in the Human Performance Lab and is currently in his first year of his dual Doctor of Physical Therapy and Master of Science in Athletic Training Program. He is also the first student at ISU to be dual enrolled in both programs. Andrew completed his undergraduate at ISU, earning an Honors BS in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Andrew has also been working in the HP Lab since the fall of 2014, working as a CPI and even presenting research at multiple conferences. Working through his dual DPT-MSAT program, and plans to graduate in the Spring of 2020 and hopes to end of working with professional athletes, preferably baseball or soccer, as both a physical therapist and an athletic trainer.
Cody Smart is currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the Human Performance Lab. His duties include teaching Exercise Physiology Lab, Exercise Testing for Exercise Assessment and Prescription and managing the HPL staff. He also coordinates testing with students and the general public. The HPL staff also provide demonstrations for future and potential Exercise Science students. Cody is from Green River, Wyoming, where athletics and exercise were an extremely influential part of his life. His undergraduate career started at Laramie County Community College, where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in the spring of 2013. During his time at LCCC he played for the Men’s Soccer program for two seasons. Cody transferred to Idaho State University in the fall of 2013 and graduated in December 2015 with a BS in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science. He is currently a graduate student enrolled in the Masters of Physical Education and Athletic Administration program. His long term goals are to continue his education at the Doctorate level after taking some time to gain experience coaching soccer.
Career Path Interns
Ashley Bullers is an undergraduate senior at ISU pursuing her Bachelor's of Science degree in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science and a minor in Business Administration. Ashley has been accepted into the Doctor of Physical Therapy degree program at University of Montana and plans to begin pursuing her degree there this fall. Aside from working as a career path intern in the lab, Ashley is researching the psychological profile of female ultra runners. Ashley has been working in the Human Performance Lab since the fall of 2016.
Mitchell Cushman is an undergraduate senior at ISU majoring in Physical Education with an emphasis in Exercise Science. Mitchell just began working as a career path intern in the Human Performance Lab in the spring of 2017 and is just starting research on the psychology of knee bracing for football players.
Emily Neufeld is an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education, with an emphasis in Exercise Science. She will be graduating with this degree in May of 2017. Along with her Career Path Internship in the Human Performance Lab, Emily is researching the nutritional habits of rock climbers. Emily has been working in the Human Performance Lab since August of 2016.