Graduating LSSU exercise science student Greg Scharf (Gladwin, Mich.) and his advisor, Professor Jody Susi, test-drive a recent addition to Lake State's Exercise Physiology laboratory. The state-of-the-art treadmill lets students and staff monitor and analyze a patient-client's cardiovascular system during exercise.
The lab's new testing treadmill represents a major capital investment by LSSU's Department of Recreation Studies and Exercise Science. The clinical workstation comes with an interpretive ECG-monitoring software suite.
"These additions improve our ability to clinically train our students," says lab director and exercise science professor Jodi Susi. "The equipment is what's commonly used in hospitals and rehabilitation clinics."
All exercise science classes meet in the lab, particularly courses in fitness evaluation, essentials of strength and conditioning, and exercise prescription. This is where students gain crucial skills by testing patients and fitness clients. Junior and senior students use most of the lab's resources, however underclassmen start learning proper procedures and protocols in their sophomore year.
One of the most demanding evaluations is the clinical stress test. The procedure requires a student-clinician to monitor a patient's rate of perceived exertion (RPE), heart rate, blood pressure, changes in ECG patterns, irregular heart rhythms, as well as any other physiological indicators.