Appalachian State Human Performance Lab

Slow Recovery After Running? Here’s why and what to do about it.

November 30, 2015

New research from David Nieman, DrPH, with the Appalachian State University (ASU) Human Performance Lab on the NC Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, pinpoints the long-term effects of marathon running on muscle glycogen levels, recovery time and inflammation.   David Nieman, DrPH, with the Appalachian State University (ASU) Human Performance Lab on the NC Research […]

Scientists for a day: NC Research Campus hosts elementary students

November 18, 2015

By Rebecca Rider Read the original story in the Salisbury Post. Don your lab coats and snap on your latex gloves because kids in Kannapolis are brewing up their curiosity in laboratories at the North Carolina Research Campus. Tuesday, fourth- and sixth-graders from Kannapolis City Schools were invited into the Plants for Human Health Institute […]

Are Bananas Really Worth the Calories?

September 17, 2015

By Mandy Oaklander. Time Magazine Read the original article. 5/5 Experts Say Yes. Last year, a zoo in the U.K. attracted international attention when it banned bananas from its primates’ cages. The reason? According to a zoo spokesperson, they’re too sugary for monkeys, too caloric, and they could give rise to health problems like type-2 […]

Rhodiola Rosea Study Provides More Evidence Polyphenols Protect Against Viral Infection  

August 20, 2015

  A new study published by the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus strengthens the case for the anti-viral effects of plant-based polyphenols. Human trials with marathon runners found that the herb Rhodiola rosea protects against viral infection. These findings build on previous human trials that demonstrate the anti-viral activity […]

Human Performance Lab Validates Non-invasive Method to Measure Muscle Glycogen

May 05, 2015

Summary:  Muscle glycogen levels directly impact an athlete’s performance. The standard method to measure muscle glycogen requires an invasive muscle biopsy. The Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus has validated a non-invasive ultrasound technology created by MuscleSound® of Denver, Colorado that measures muscle glycogen just as effectively.    Researchers in exercise […]

Is training making you sick?

February 02, 2015

By: Susan Lacke Read the original article on  Triathlete Europe. Photo: Shutterstock Have a case of the sniffles? Your workouts may be to blame. Though moderate exercise can bolster a person’s immune system, intense or prolonged efforts can have the opposite effect. When training volume increases, many triathletes find they are more susceptible to illness. […]

ASU Lab Partner with Valencell Sports Testing Lab

September 26, 2014

Published on Tech Focus Media, September 25, 2014. RALEIGH, N.C., Sept. 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Valencell, <>  an expert and pioneer in precision biometric data sensor technology, has opened a new, state of the art sports performance lab within its Raleigh headquarters. The new facility has been built to meet the outstanding demand from existing […]

Study Finds That Vitamin D2 Supplements Don’t Enhance Stamina

February 16, 2014

By Renee Elder Correspondent February 16, 2014 Pit crew members for Hendrick Motorsports based in Concord served as subjects in a recent study that showed taking vitamin D2 supplements can lead to sore muscles that take longer to recover following exercise. The study was intended to examine whether vitamin D2 supplements might boost stamina during […]

Clinical Trials Results Highlight the Efficancy of Instaflex Joint Supplement

January 29, 2014

Charlotte, NC (PRWEB) January 29, 2014 Direct Digital, LLC, the developer and marketer of Instaflex® Joint Support, one of the nation’s top-selling joint relief supplements, recently announced the findings of an independent clinical study which reviewed the efficacy of the popular product. The trial was an eight week, double-blind, placebo controlled study of both male […]

Runners Suffer More Inflammation and Muscle Damage Than Cyclists

December 20, 2013

  The Almagest New scientific findings give endurance runners a reason to consider varying their training regime to include other sports. The study, Immune and Inflammation Responses to a 3-day Period of Intensified Running Versus Cycling, was conducted by the Appalachian State University (ASU) Human Performance Laboratory at the North Carolina Research Campus in Kannapolis. […]

A little exercise goes a long way to prevent disease in children

December 16, 2013

Science Daily Studies conducted by the Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the NC Research Campus in Kannapolis, N.C., show that when children increase their level of physical activity, they experience positive health benefits quickly. Benefits include less body fat, increased muscular strength and reduced risk factors for major diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease […]

Infants to Teens Impacted by Genetics, Nutrition and Exercise

October 15, 2013

NCRC News Scientists at the NC Research Campus are exploring areas of genetics, nutrition and human performance that impact brain development, risk factors for disease and the overall health of infants, toddlers, young children and teenagers.   Omega-3 Intake Linked to Higher Cognition in Infants, Toddlers and Young Children Carol L. Cheatham, PhD, developmental cognitive […]

Best All-Natural Sports Drinks

September 09, 2013

Mens Journal Gatorade caught major flak this year when a 15-year-old girl from Mississippi made America realize the sports drink contains brominated vegetable oil. BVO, as it’s called, is toxic in concentrated form and contains bromine – a flame-retardant commonly sprayed on furniture and carpets – which accumulates in fatty tissues and may damage organs. As we […]

ASU researchers need women for watermelon study in Kannapolis

September 09, 2013

Salisbury Post KANNAPOLIS — The Appalachian State University Human Performance Laboratory at the N.C. Research Campus in Kannapolis needs adult women to take part in a study on watermelon and blood pressure. The lab will conduct a study on how watermelon and exercise effect blood pressure. Researchers are looking for 60 adult women between the […]

Professor David Nieman receives the prestigious American College of Sports Medicine Citation

June 20, 2013

Appalachian State University News BOONE—Internationally renowned researcher and Appalachian State University professor Dr. David C. Nieman has been honored by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) with the prestigious Citation Award for his extensive work in health and exercise sciences. He received the award at the ACSM annual meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., May 31. […]

2013 BioMoto Pit Crew Challenge

March 02, 2013

                2012 Pit Crew Challenge Competitors Photo: NCBiotech Center/Chad Mitchell Photograph 2012 Pit Crew Challenge Competitors Photo: NCBiotech Center/Chad Mitchell Photograph – See more at: Through a $300,000 grant from the Golden LEAF Foundation, middle school students from Cabarrus County, Kannapolis City, Richmond County, and Rowan-Salisbury Schools are taking […]

Bananas For An Energy Boost

June 09, 2012

Scientists with the Appalachian State University Human Performance Lab and the Dole Foods Nutrition Research Laboratory published findings in May in the peer-reviewed online journal PloS One that proved scientifically what professional and recreational athletes have long believed- bananas are a good source of energy when exercising. The study showed that bananas provide the same energy boost as […]