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Students on treadmill and monitoring equipment

Human Performance Laboratory

The Saginaw Valley State University Human Performance Lab (HPL) is housed in the College of Health and Human Services building on SVSU’s main campus. The HPL is the Department of Kinesiology's primary academic and research space.  

Courses taught in HPL include  Biomechanics, Exercise Physiology, Kinesiology Functional Anatomy, Athletic Rehabilitation, and Therapeutic Exercise. The lab houses state-of-the-art equipment to assess a wide array of exercise training parameters. These include VO2max by treadmill and Lode cycle ergometer, spirometry, resting metabolic rate, body composition (BODPOD), blood glucose or lactate, electrocardiogram, and surface electromyography.

In addition to academics, the HPL offers university and community-wide exercise testing and performs interdisciplinary research integrating fields of biomechanics, exercise physiology, anatomy, and rehabilitation.


Department Chair
David Berry
(989) 964-4504

Health & Human Services Building 212