Research conducted in the Exercise Physiology & Performance Laboratory (EPPL) is focused within two separate agendas:
- To examine factors which facilitate or impede physical activity behavior during pregnancy; these may be physiological, psychological, environmental, or lifestyle-related.
- To assess physical activity and physical fitness among various populations for the purposes of improving health, quality of life, and athletic performance.
The purpose of this research are to assess the changes in center of mass and dynamic balance control as pregnancy progresses. Furthermore, we aim to see if physical activity behavior, of various intensities and modalities, is related to these changes. This project represents the first in a line of research in collaboration with the Gait and Posture Biomechanics Laboratory directed by Dr. Robert Catena.
This research aims to further examine beliefs that pregnant women have towards physical activity. Specifically, our objective is to understand how confidence, perceived risk, and perceived health benefit impact the type and amount of physical activity that pregnant women participate in. Within this study, we are actively assessing these variables within the context of various specific modalities of activity.
In collaboration with Dr. Carrie Cuttler, the EPPL is conducting a series of investigations examining the impact of exercise on prospective memory and other realms of cognitive function among collegiate students. Ongoing projects include the cross-sectional examination of self-reported physical activity behavior and memory failures and multiple randomized controlled trials to examine whether bouts of aerobic exercise or resistance training exercise enhance prospective memory.
The purpose of this research is to continue the validation research efforts of commercially available physical activity monitors during pregnancy. Given that walking is the most common type of physical activity among pregnancy women, we seek to determine the accuracy of these devices during overground walking and in a free-living environment. This project represents a continuation of previous work by Dr. Connolly and Is in collaboration with Dr. Alex Montoye at Ball State University.
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