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The human performance lab

Human Performance Laboratory

The Saginaw Valley State University Human Performance Lab (HPL) is housed in the Bachand Hall 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.

Students and classmates check body vitals
Monitor with data describing how the athlete is doing on the treadmill
A student resting with his legs raised on a block
Students watching another student on a treadmill
students being monitored on a treadmill


Department Chair
David Berry
(989) 964-4504

Bachand Hall 212