Exercise Physiology Specialization - MS in Movement Science
Human Performance Laboratory
Our Human Performance Laboratory, located on the Miami Shores campus, contains state-of-the-art equipment that you will learn to use during weekly lab sections that are associated with the upper-level major courses. Examples of the more advanced equipment available for student use and research include:
- Two metabolic gas analyzers
- pulmonary function analyzer
- multi-frequency bioelectric impedance analyzer
- air displacement plethysmograph (BodPod©)
- underwater weighing tank
- Two Wingate Test Cycle Ergometer
- Two motorized treadmills
- Kayakpro ergometer
Current HPLS Research Projects:
Dr. Mier, in collaboration with Dr. Sue Shapiro, is evaluating gender differences in spine posture during the sit-and-reach test. The purpose of this study is to determine differences between men and women in spine posture during performance of the sit-and-reach test. Spine posture is assessed using video analyses (Dartfish software) of spine angles.
Dr. Mier recently acquired a grant to test energy expenditure during long distance kayaking. The purpose of this study is to determine the relationship between oxygen uptake (VO2) and heart rate (HR) during kayak ergometry exercise and estimate energy expenditure during kayaking on the water using HR measures.
Currently, graduate students under the supervision of Dr. Mier and Dr. Tal Amasay are evaluating gender differences in relative load encountered during the push up test. The purpose of this study is to compare the relative load experienced during a standard and modified push up test between men and women. Force plates are used to measure the relative load (% of body weight) applied during the push up.
Graduate Student Research: Published papers or presentations at national conferences:
Mageean A. L., R. P. Alexander, & C. M. Mier. Repeated sprint performance in male and female college athletes matched for VO2max relative to fat free mass. Int J Exerc Sci. 4: 229-237, 2011.
Alexander R. P. & C. M. Mier. Intermittent vs continuous graded exercise test for VO2max in college soccer athletes. Int J Exerc Sci.4: 185-191, 2011.
Holmes, J. A. L. Gibson, C. M. Mier, and G. Cremades. Body density measurements in children, the BODPOD® versus hydrodensitometry. Int. J. Sport Nutr. Exerc. Metab. 21: 240-247, 2011.
Andrade R. P., A. L. Gibson. G. Cremades, and C. M. Mier. Training effects of adding resistive arm exercise to a walking program. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 37: S47, 2005.
Hildner G., R. P. Andrade, M. Butcher-Mokha, A. L. Gibson, and C. M. Mier. Relationships between balance efficacy and functional test results of older adults. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 37: S96, 2005.
Cavani V., N. Tummers, A. A. Musto and C. M. Mier. Effects of a progressive resistance training program on functional abilities in older men and women. Med. Sci. Sports Exerc. 33:S254, 2001.
Faculty Research: Recent published papers or presentations at national conferences:
Mier, C. M., R.P. Alexander, & A.L. Mageean. Achievement of VO2max criteria in college athletes. J Strength Cond Res. Accepted and in press
Mier, C. M. Accuracy and feasibility of video analysis for assessing hamstring flexibility and validity of the sit-and-reach test. Res. Quart. Exerc. Sport, 82: 617-623, 2011.
Mier, C. M. Energy intake during a multi-day paddle race: a pilot study. Presented at the National Strength and Conditioning Association's national conference, July 2011, Las Vegas, NV
Mier, C. M. and B. S. Shapiro. Video analysis of spine and hip angles during the sit-and-reach test. Presented at the American College of Sports Medicine's national conference, May 2011, Denver, CO.