Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science
UCF School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy
The Institute of Exercise Physiology and Rehabilitation Science is integral to the research enterprise of the School of Kinesiology and Physical Therapy. The institute supports mechanistic and translational research by faculty members and students in the school’s Division of Kinesiology, Division of Physical Therapy and Athletic Training Program. The institute also partners with colleagues from the College of Health Professions and Sciences and Academic Health Sciences Center to contribute to the research mission of the university. With its current resources and faculty expertise, the institute has a broad capacity to advance the fields of exercise and rehabilitation sciences.
The institute proudly presents at the American College of Sports Medicine, National Strength and Conditioning Association, and Experimental Biology national conferences.
Although much of our laboratory work is dedicated to research studies, we welcome opportunities to validate findings or to collect data to assist teams or individuals.
Students frequently have an opportunity to expand their learning by actively participating in data collection ― a chance for them to apply what they learn through a textbook or lecture and take it to a new level.
Athletic Training Lab
The Athletic Training (AT) Laboratory aims to advance neuromuscular assessment, musculoskeletal imaging, and rehabilitation methods for the lumbopelvic-hip complex, while improving the understanding and delivery of patient care for active individuals with chronic musculoskeletal injury. The AT Laboratory analyzes spatial, mechanical, and electrical changes in muscle activity during static, dynamic, and sport-specific tasks using innovative applications of ultrasound imaging and surface electromyography. The use of biofeedback programming for ultrasound imaging, electromyography, and inertial measurement units to improve patient rehabilitation and recovery is integral to the mission of the AT Laboratory. Chronic musculoskeletal injuries examined by the AT Laboratory investigators include: low back pain, patellofemoral pain, and a variety of other injuries involving the lumbopelvic-hip complex.
Cellular Exercise Physiology Lab
The primary focus of the Cellular Exercise Physiology Laboratory (CEPL) is to examine how the immune system, in conjunction inflammatory mediators that direct immune responses, influence recovery and adaptation following acute and chronic exercise interventions. The CEPL also examines how nutrition and dietary supplements impact these responses. Located in Biological Sciences building, the 400 sq. ft. CEPL houses state-of-the-art equipment used in the analysis of various blood constituents.
Exercise Physiology Intervention & Collaboration (EPIC) Lab
The Exercise Physiology Intervention & Collaboration (EPIC) Laboratory is a dedicated space utilized to administer exercise interventions of various modality and houses cutting edge technologies for the assessment of neurocognitive, neuromuscular and functional aspects of exercise performance. The facility is utilized for student and faculty led research projects and to teach lab sections that complement a number of kinesiology courses.
The Innovative Mobility Initiative (IMOVE) Lab conducts research that informs clinical services for individuals with mobility impairments. Through programs and community partnerships, the IMOVE lab extends its research into practice.
The components of the lab include:
- UCF Go Baby Go! : providing innovative accessible, and practical options to improve the lives of individuals with limited mobility, including the Knights on the Go Cafe
- Keeping Them on Their Feet: a balance and gait disorders clinic
- Grow and Play: an intergenerational physical activity program
- Challenge Me!: interventions aimed to improve cognitive, physical, and psychological well-being of individuals with dementia
- Assistive Device Technology
Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory
Through an interdisciplinary approach, the Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory focuses on clinically-relevant research that improves clinical outcomes and identifies the most accurate and efficient approach to treating various neuromusculoskeletal conditions. The lab serves as a site for research investigations to answer clinical questions and evaluate examination and treatment for musculoskeletal conditions.
Neuromuscular Plasticity Lab
The Neuromuscular Plasticity Laboratory performs cutting-edge research to better understand the neuromuscular adaptations associated with strength training, muscle fatigue, aging and disuse. We strive to serve as a collaborative think tank for researchers and clinicians, and we seek partnerships and opportunities statewide, nationally and internationally. We want our laboratory concepts and findings to support or challenge existing protocols used to prevent disease and improve human performance.
Physiology of Work & Exercise Response (POWER) Lab
The mission of the UCF POWER Laboratory is to assess the physiological response to exercise modalities and nutritional interventions aiming to enhance health, fitness and athletic performance. Through the application of exercise physiology and the analysis of human movement, we assist in addressing the contemporary questions of healthcare providers, fitness professionals, and sport coaches to aid in decision-making and strategic development. The POWER Laboratory has the capability to measure both physical performance and the metabolic response to field- and laboratory-based exercise protocols.