Exercise Physiology Lab

The Jacksonville University Exercise Physiology Laboratory (EPL), part of the Center for Health and Human Performance, housed in the Department of Kinesiology, is directed by Dr. David Hooper.


The EPL was established to develop an interdisciplinary teaching and research lab that provides students with the opportunity to learn how to operate state-of-the-art equipment that pertains to exercise physiology. This will provide our students with the best possible educational experience and therefore prepare students to be highly competitive candidates when applying for future employment or further schooling. These facilities can be used for student-led projects, giving students additional valuable experiences. Also, the laboratory will pursue externally funded research projects to provide resources to further develop the laboratory.


  • Parvo Metabolic Cart
  • High speed treadmill (up to 15 mph)
  • Squat rack, barbell and over 500 lbs of free weight
  • Trained phlebotomists
  • Centrifuge
  • Micro centrifuge
  • Hemoglobin Analyzer
  • Nutritionist Pro Software for dietary analyses


The EPL focuses on collaborations for research as well as instruction and learning. Our blood analyses would not be possible without the support of Dr. Kara Conway in the Department of Biology and Marine Science. Dr. Conway has provided grant collaborations, essential facilities and access to her and her students’ expertise in serum analyses. The EPL has also relied heavily on the Department of Nursing for assistance in phlebotomy.

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The EPL has collaborated extensively with the Jacksonville University Athletics, thanks to the support of sport coaches, strength and conditioning coaches and athletic trainers. We have provided fitness testing, metabolic testing, body composition testing, and blood analyses for most of the Division I athletes on campus. These data are used for performance enhancement of the athlete and also research purposes, providing students with research projects that have led to scientific presentations and publications.

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The EPL also collaborates with Kelsey Beckmann, owner of Meteor Nutrition, who provides us with crucial nutrition expertise for our scientific research.

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Current Research Projects

Efficacy of Fenugreek Supplementation on Men’s Health: A Follow Up Study

Polyphenol Rich Supplementation on Markers of Recovery from Intense Resistance Exercise


Prior Research Projects

Monitoring Health and Performance of NCAA Division I Track Athletes, Jared Mallard Master’s thesis.

Efficacy of fenugreek supplementation on men’s health: A randomized controlled trial, Emily Barton Honors thesis.

Previous Scientific Presentations

Osteoporosis Prevention through Structured Strength Training

Osteoporosis Prevention through Structured Strength Training

Efficacy of Fenugreek Supplementation on Men's Health: A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Double-Blind Trial

Efficacy of Fenugreek Supplementation on Men's Health

No Changes in Body Composition or Metabolism Over the Course of a Cross Country Season in Female NCAA Division I Cross Country Runners

No Changes in Body Composition or Metabolilsm over the course of a cross country season in femail NCAA Division I cross country runners