Robert Kertzer Exercise Physiology Laboratory

The Robert Kertzer Exercise Physiology Laboratory serves a primary role in training undergraduate and graduate students for professions in cardiopulmonary rehabilitation, clinical exercise physiology, medicine, sports physiology, and health promotion.  The laboratory is a 3,500 square foot area that has metabolic, cardiopulmonary, biochemistry, vascular, and environmental facilities linked on a wireless computer network.  This space is used by faculty, undergraduate and graduate students for laboratory activities, in-class projects, and research related to health and exercise.  The lab entered a new facility in the renovated New Hampshire Hall in 2009 including upgrades to both teaching and research space.

The lab is equipped with an environmental chamber for studying the effects of heat and cold on exercise performance, SensorMedics indirect calorimeter to measure aerobic capacity and caloric expenditure, Kistler Gaitway force sensing and gait analysis treadmill, hydrostatic weighing tank for body composition, twelve lead electrocardiographs, Ultramark 9 Ultrasound Machine and SphygmoCor Pulse Wave Monitoring system to research vascular stiffness, numerous treadmill and cycle ergometers, and a well equipped biochemistry laboratory for the study of blood and urine markers of hydration, lactate, lipid
status, muscle damage, and oxygen carrying capacity.  

Also, the Biomechanics and Motor Control Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire occupies an additional 1,000 square feet of space.  It has an eight camera, three-dimensional, real-time Motion Analysis system for biomechanical studies, a three-dimensional AMTI in ground force plate, a Cybex Norm Isokinetic Dynamometer, and a Biopac MP100 data acquisition system used to record the
electromyogram, mechanomyogram, joint position, and reaction time measures.

A list of major equipment includes:

METABOLIC
  • SensorMedics Vmax Metabolic Measurement Cart
  • Harris Environmental Systems Environmental Chamber
  • YSI 1500 Sport Lactate Analyzer
  • Computrainer Pro Professional Electronic Cycle Ergometer
  • Two Quinton Q65 Research Grade Treadmills
  • Six Monark Cycle Ergometers
  • HQInc Wireless Core Temperature system
CARDIOPULMONARY
  • SphygmoCor Pulse Wave Monitoring
  • Vascular Profiling System VP-2000/1000
  • UltraMark 9 UltraSound System
  • Omron IntelliSense Digital Blood Pressure
  • Quinton Q4500 and PC-based Electrocardiographs
  • Armstrong RhythmSim Patient ECG Simulator
  • Anaeroid and Mercurial Sphygomomanometers
  • Micro Direct. Inc. Micro Plus Spirometer
  • Collins 13.5L Bell Respirometer
  • Lifepak Automated External Defibrillator
NEUROMUSCULAR
  • Kistler Gaitway force sensing and gait analysis treadmill
  • BioPac Systems MP100 Data Acquisition System
  • Preamplified Surface Electromyogram
  • Electrogoniometers
BIOCHEMISTRY
  • SpectraMax 340PC Microplate Spectrophotometer
  • AutoGamma 5000 Series Gamma Counting Systems
  • BIO-RAD Smart Spec 3000 Spectrophotometer
  • Bausch & Lomb Spectronic 21 Spectrophotometer
  • Cholestech LDX
  • Captair Filtair Fume Hood
  • Revco Scientific Inc. Ultra-low Temperature Freezer
  • Centrifuges including microcapillary and refrigerated
  • Corning 345 pH meter
  • Precision Systems Micro Osmometer
  • YSI Precision 4000A Thermometer and 2100 Tele-Thermometer
  • Fisherbrand and Autoclavable Oxford Benchmate pipettes
  • Hot plates, magnetic stirrers, vortex mixers, mixing plates, water baths
  • Mettler-Toledo Electronic Balance
BODY COMPOSITION
  • Hydrostatic weighing tank
  • General GE 510 Digital Body Mass Scale
  • Harpenden and Lange Skinfold Calipers
  • Medela Baby Weight Scale
  • Detecto Beam Balance Scale
  • RJL Systems Bio-electrical Impedance Body Composition