Within the College of Education, the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Education has impressive teaching and research laboratory space and equipment on par with many of the top programs in the world.
The state-of-the-art space is home to lab sections associated with KNPE biomechanics, measurement and motor control classes. Laboratory equipment used in research and teaching includes a Zeno walkway gait analysis system, BIOPAC electroencephalography (EEG) system, motion capture technology, Biodex balance system and a force platform.
The lab contains treadmills and stationary bikes as well as testing equipment for submaximal and maximal oxygen uptake (VO2 max), electrocardiogram (ECG), resting metabolic rate, and Wingate anaerobic power.
This lab includes leading equipment for research related to measures of body composition. Equipment includes a Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry (DEXA) scanner. The lab also contains a Bod Pod chamber, which measures body composition through air displacement, and an InBody analyzer, which measures body composition through electrical current.
The lab includes an underwater weighing tank, as well as a HUMAC NORM isokinetic extremity system used for measuring force throughout a joint range of motion.
The Anderson Hall Athletic Training Room is operated in collaboration with the Sports Medicine Team from NIU Athletics. The lab contains evaluation tables, cold tubs, and state of the art therapeutic modalities, including ultrasound, light therapy, and electrical stimulation. The Athletic Training Program also utilizes a SimMan mannequin for simulating healthcare and emergency scenarios.