Exercise, Human Performance and Collaboration
The Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus is a national leader in the area of nutrition and exercise immunology. Working closely with trained and amateur athletes as well as community volunteers, they conduct human trials that provide new insights into the influence of plant molecules and natural compounds on human performance, and they work with many corporate sponsors to scientifically validate the effectiveness of their food and beverage products. The ASU laboratory also collaborates regularly with other campus partners like Dole Foods Nutrition Research Laboratory, the NC State University Plants for Human Health Institute and the UNC Chapel Hill Nutrition Research Institute.
The Human Performance Laboratory is led by David Nieman, DrPH, FACSM, a professor of health and exercise science at Appalachian State University. He is recognized as a pioneer in the field of exercise immunology. The American College of Sports Medicine awarded Nieman the prestigious Citation Award for his years of work in health and exercise sciences. Nieman and his research team are consistently in the news and publishing groundbreaking findings in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
In the Human Performance Laboratory, aerobic fitness, resting metabolic rate, body composition/body fat percent, muscular fitness, anaerobic power and anaerobic threshold are regularly tested. The ASU uses equipment like treadmills to measure V02max, a measurement of the maximum amount of oxygen used during exercise; a BOD Pod to measure body fat; and a cycle ergometer, a stationary bicycle designed to measure the muscular, metabolic and respiratory effects of exercise.
Learn more about the research of the ASU Human Performance Laboratory, and, to the right, read the latest headlines and journal articles.