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Labs

Human Anatomy & Physiology Lab

Armstrong Campus

Anatomy and Physiology I is located in the Science Center Room 1306 and Anatomy and Physiology II is located in the Science Center Room 1308.

Statesboro Campus

The Human Anatomy and Physiology and the Human Gross Anatomy Laboratories are both located on the ground floor of the Herty Building in rooms 0100 and 0102. The Human Gross Anatomy Laboratory is equipped with five state-of-the-art examination tables along with a refrigeration unit for longterm cadaver storage. Special ventilation, room temperature control, and lighting make it possible for students to concentrate on studying human anatomy and anatomical variation without unnecessary distraction. When all tables are occupied, the lab is capable of accommodating six students per cadaver. The Human Anatomy and Physiology Laboratory houses models of all major organs and organ systems, human arm, leg, head, major joints, and five fully articulated high-quality human skeleton reproductions. In addition, the lab contains a collection of real human bones from five complete individuals and six real human skulls available for study. Also available are four computers connected to the Internet which are capable of running tutorial programs such as Anatomy and Physiology Revealed.

Human Performance Labs

The Human Performance Laboratory and Body Composition Laboratory are teaching and research facilities within the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology in the Waters College of Health Professions on the Statesboro Campus. Our mission is to provide undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty members, with learning and research opportunities within the field of exercise physiology. Students using the Human Performance and Body Composition Labs are working towards a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology or a Master of Science in Kinesiology with an emphasis in exercise science.

The research focus within exercise physiology consists of baseline and follow-up performance and body composition testing for collegiate, professional, and tactical athletes. The Human Performance lab investigates the acute and chronic neuromuscular and cardiovascular responses to various modes of exercise, including virtual reality scenarios.

The Human Performance Laboratory is divided into 3 separate units.

Main Laboratory Teaching Site

Hanner 2223 is the main laboratory teaching site containing equipment for training in blood pressure measurement, bicycle and treadmill exercise testing, strength assessment, and health/fitness evaluation. This equipment includes:

Equipment in Hanner 2223
  • TriFIT 600 system
  • Monark bicycle ergometers
  • Free weight rack and olympic platform
  • Hand grip dynamometers
  • Blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, sphygmomanometers
  • Polar heart rate monitors
  • Bioelectrical impedance body composition devices

Research Laboratory Spaces

The research sites (Hanner 2310 & Hanner 1257) are dedicated to the development of research interests amongst faculty and graduate and undergraduate students. The Human Performance and Body Composition Labs have capabilities for fitness evaluation and assessment, body composition assessment, biochemistry, and monitoring of a multitude of physiological markers. 

Equipment in Hanner 2310
  • BodPod
  • GE Lunar DEXA
  • Single- and Multi-frequency bioelectrical impedance analysis
  • Impedimed Bioelectrical Impedance Spectroscopy
  • Skinfold calipers
  • 2 x TrueOne 2400 Parvomedics metabolic cart
  • Mortara wireless ECG
  • 2 x 4 Front Woodway PRO 27 treadmills
  • Monark Ergomedic 894E stationary bike
  • Concept 2 Model E PM4 indoor rower
  • 2 x Lode Corival V3 cycle ergometers
  • 2 x Polar Team2 Transmitter suites of transmitters and straps
  • 60 x Zephyr PSM 50 bioharnesses
  • 35 x APEX athlete series (STATSsports) bioharnesses/accelerometers
  • Hand grip dynamometers
  • 8 x Zephyr Echo Repeater
  • 2 x Brower timing systems
  • Vista Heat Stress Computer model 858
  • 2 x Cardinal Detecto Physician’s Scale
Equipment in Hanner 2310A

The equipment within the hematology room provides the capability to assess many aspects of blood chemistry and includes:

  • Revco -80C freezer
  • OneTouch UltraSmart blood glucose monitoring system
  • Nova biomedical lactate meter
  • SpectraMax Series microplate reader
  • SpectraDrop Micro-Volume 24-well microplate kit
  • Refrigerated, analytic, and compact centrifuges
  • Lauda M20 immersion circulator water bath
  • Eppendorf Research pipettes
  • Thermo Labsystems Finnpipette
  • Accumet Research AR20 pH/conductivity meter
  • Milton Roy Spectronic 601 spectrophotometer
  • General Heat Seeker infrared thermometer
  • Digital refractometers
  • Fisher Scientific isotemp waterbath

Biomechanics Lab

Undergraduate students, graduate students, and student interns work alongside world-class faculty in the biomechanics labs to conduct ongoing concussion, peripheral neuropathy and gait related research. There are two biomechanics labs housed in the newly renovated Kinesiology Research Laboratory with 1894 and 1451 square-feet spaces. The laboratories include instrumentation for the assessment of kinematics, kinetics, electromyography, postural stability and muscle performance.

Equipment in Biomechanics Laboratory

Equipment in Biomechanics Laboratory

Kinematic data collection and analysis:

Two (14 and 8 camera) Vicon Motion Capture Systems; One Theia Markerless Motion Capture system, One Xsense IMU system; Three Digital Video Cameras; Dartfish Video Analysis Software

Force and strength measurements:

One AMTI force platform embedded treadmill; Ten AMTI Force platforms; Biodex System III Dynamometer

Muscular activity assessment:

Two (16 and 8 Channel) Delsys EMG System;

Gait analysis with pressure measuring equipment:

Two (24 and 9 ft) Gaitrite Instrumented Walkway; One Novel Pedar in-shoe pressure measuring system

Tracking devices:

Nine Sensor extended range electromagnetic tracking system; Minibird System

Balance evaluation:

Neurocom Balance System; Biodex Stability System; Airex Balance Pads

Nerve conduction studies:

Digitimer nervous stimulator

Many of these devices can be linked together for synchronized data collection. Here are a few examples:

  1. Kinematic and force measuring systems can be used to study concussion via inverse dynamics process;
  2. Strength and muscle activity can be assessed together in the study of people with cerebral palsy;
  3. Fall risks can be studied using inverse dynamics and muscle activity measurements together;
  4. Running injuries can be studied suing continuous;
  5. A stimulator can be used to study the effects of neuromuscular diseases on human movement control;

Graduate students have the opportunities to learn biomechanics and motor control related knowledge from the faculty by involved in different ongoing research projects: learning how design research projects, improving the ability to appreciate research literature, mastering research participants recruiting and management, study data collection and processing, and more. Many of the knowledge and skills learned here are valuable for both perusing continued education (doctoral degrees in various academic or applied fields) and job market preparation.

Research

Concussion Research

The primary line of concussion research is related to identifying and understanding the lingering deficits which appear to persist well past recovery on standard clinical testing. Research includes quantitative eye tracking and the monitoring of repetitive head impacts. With the inclusion of new technologies such as the Applied Science Laboratory head mounted and mobile eye tracking system as well as the Helmet Impact Telemetry System, faculty are attempting to answer a myriad of research questions regarding longitudinal recovery post-injury.

Research Team

Dedicated to the scientific understanding of sports-related concussion and their resulting consequences. The interdisciplinary research team is lead by Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology faculty, Barry Munkasy, Ph.D., who works closely with a diverse array of faculty and students at Georgia Southern University as well as collaborative relationships with the University of Florida and the University of North Carolina – Charlotte.

The research team has received extensive coverage for the addition of the Helmet Impact Telemetry System (HITS) into the research from major newspapers including the Miami Herald, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Post, and the Charlotte Observer, among others.  The team was profiled on WTGS FOX 28 , WMAZ in Macon, GA and Macon CBS, as well as NBC Nightly News.

Funding Sources

Georgia Southern faculty have received funding from the National Institute of Health/Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Army Research Office Life Science Division, and the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Research and Education Foundation to support their research studies. Faculty and students have published multiple research papers in high impact peer-reviewed journals and presented at local, regional, and national sports medicine conferences.

Concussion Information

What is a Concussion?

The 4th International Consensus Statement on Concussion in Sport defines a concussions as, “a brain injury and is defined as a complex pathophysiological process affecting the brain, induced by biomechanical forces.”

What is this 4th International Consensus Statement on Concussion?

The 4th International Consensus Statement on Concussion (or 4th CIS) was a gathering of leading experts, both clinicians and researchers, in Zurich, Switzerland which occurred in November 2012. This meeting occurs approximately every three years and the experts update the current knowledge and best-practice patterns for the medical management of concussions. The 4th CIS is freely available online from the Journal of Athletic Training.

Do you have to get knocked unconscious in order for a concussion to have occurred?

No! In fact, the vast majority, probably over 90% of concussions do not involve loss of consciousness and 75% do not involve memory loss. A large scale study of NCAA athletes found that the most common symptoms of a concussion include: headache, blurred vision, feeling in a “fog” or just not feeling right, dizziness, feeling slowed down, concentration problems, sensitivity to light or noise, fatigue, drowsiness, and memory problems.

Coaching Education Lab

The Coaching Education Lab supports teaching, service, research, advisement and employment opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students and faculty in one of four nationally accredited university coaching education programs. The facility located on the Statesboro Campus in Hollis 1110 is staffed by coaching graduate students and includes personal computers, educational software, internet access, digital video and editing equipment and software, texts, CDs, videos, journals and identified websites. The Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology Coaching Education Lab also hosts the national peer-reviewed electronic Journal of Coaching Education.

Nutrition and Food Science Lab

In Advanced Food Science, students investigate the chemical, physical, and biological properties of food ingredients. Particular focus is placed upon exploring the relationship between preparation methods, proportions of ingredients, and final product quality. Laboratory experiences include investigating the effects of time and temperature on egg deterioration, the manufacturing of cheese, the feasibility of using alternative sugars as sweeteners in baked products, the thickening abilities of various forms of plant starch, the role of gluten in baked products, the effects of temperature and pH on fruit and vegetable colorants and textural properties, the melting points of various commercially available lipids and their performance in pastry, novel meat alternatives, and other experiences. Students use objective and sensory techniques to evaluate food product quality in structured laboratories and then chart their results in laboratory reports.

In the Experimental Food Science course, students use research methodology and food science theory learned in Advanced Food Science to develop a new food product as well as objective and subjective measures to evaluate its quality. Students also evaluate and develop advertising materials for their food product and present their research in both formal and informal settings. Additional research opportunities in food science are available under faculty supervision. Upon completion of Experimental Food Science, students are prepared to assume entry level food development and evaluation positions in industry and government. Current and former employers of Nutrition and Food Science graduates include MasterFoods (M&M Mars), Crider Poultry, Braswell Food Company, Publix Supermarkets Development Kitchens, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Pedagogy Lab

The Pedagogy Laboratory, located on the Statesboro Campus in Hollis 1109, is a resource and meeting center for students and faculty in the Health and Physical Education program. It is primarily used as a research laboratory along with instruction on software and other cutting edge technologies in teaching health and physical education.

Sport Psychology Lab

The Sport Psychology Laboratory provides facilities and equipment for teaching, research, and service roles of faculty and students interested in the psychological antecedents and consequences of sport performance. The laboratory layout supports didactic instruction, seminar discussion, motor learning laboratory experiences, as well as individualized consulting supervision. Recent scholarship conducted in the laboratory has focused on optimism, fear of failure, achievement motivation, coaching behavior, person perception accuracy, psychometrics, preperformance routines, psychology of injury, imagery, prayer, and music in sport. Service activities conducted in the laboratory include one-on-one consulting sessions and team training workshops and consultations for athletes and coaches.

Facilities and Equipment

Facilities and Equipment

Located on the Statesboro Campus in Hanner 2308, the Sport Psychology Laboratory consists of 3 rooms: instructional area, testing/consulting room and control/observation room. Equipment is available to measure fine, gross, simple and complex motor skills, as well as cognitive-affective factors associated with sport performance. The lab is also equipped with audio-visual equipment for imagery research and training. A Windows-based PC equipped with MS Office, SPSS 15.0, Amos 7.0, Dartfish, and nVivo is available for word processing, data acquisition and analysis, and laboratory based instructional units.

Sport Psychology Laboratory Training Programs

Sport Psychology Laboratory Training Programs

The following training programs are offered as service of the Sport Psychology Laboratory in the Department of Health Sciences and Kinesiology at Georgia Southern University. Interested athletes and coaches are invited to contact the Sport Psychology Laboratory at 912-478-1994.

Individual Consultations

Individual consultations are available for athletes and/or coaches who desire individualized sessions focused on optimizing their mental approach to preparation and competition. Our central goals are to help performers achieve performance consistency, enhance their enjoyment of the sport experience, and maximize their personal development. The format of this training involves one-on-one sessions with a qualified consultant.

Team Workshops

Team workshops are interactive sessions conducted with teams or positions (i.e., pitchers, infielders, etc.) designed to assist athletes and coaches develop mental skills necessary to effectively handle competitive stress. Workshop topics include, but are not limited to, team building, goal setting, energy management, communication enhancement, attention control, imagery, leadership and routine development. The format of this training involves interactive group discussions led by a qualified consultant.

Last updated: 3/1/2024