Quick Facts About Health and Exercise Sciences Program at Truman State University
- Our students have presented research at professional conferences across the United States and internationally.
- Student-led organizations include Phi Epsilon Kappa, Eta Sigma Gamma, and the Student Public Health Association. Our students and faculty are also heavily involved in other discipline-related organizations such as the American Medical Students Association, American Student Dental Association, and the Pre-Student Osteopathic Medicine Association.
- Our students work with a wide range of community residents from children to the elderly to increase quality of life for Missouri residents.
- Many of our students are leaders in campus service organizations such as Cardinal Key, Blue Key, Habitat for Humanity, and Student Athlete Advisory Committee.
Upon graduation, 100% of our athletic training students have been employed or entered into graduate programs in athletic training.
- Students working in our Human Performance Laboratory measure all aspects of human function. For example, they measure oxygen consumption and caloric expenditure using a computerized metabolic cart; measure body composition and bone mineral density using a dual x-ray absorptionmetry; gain clinical experience in identifying cardiac abnormalities using a state-of-the-art treadmill with an integrated electrocardiogram package; or use a velocity-controlled strength device to analyze muscle power output and assess the effect of resistance training on strength.
- Students participating in the Movement Neuroscience Laboratory investigate neural contributions to movement control and movement learning using everything from a Sony PlayStation® system to Neurocom’s Balance Master® system.
- Students working in our Piper Movement Analysis Laboratory learn about human motion, muscle activity, and kinematics using state-of-the-art technology. For example, students use our sophisticated motion analysis system integrated with Bertec forceplates to measure force vectors in 3-dimensional space, evaluate the activity of multiple muscles while simultaneously examining joint angles or acceleration using a Delsys electromyography system, or measure kinematics through video-based analysis systems including Vicon and Dartfish.
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