The facilities of the Department of Human Performance and Sport Sciences are among the finest in the region. The W.T. Watson Sports Complex and the Aquatic Center were completed in 1998. This facility houses a fully-equipped wellness and fitness center, classrooms, two gymnasiums, swimming pool, athletic training room, and an exercise science laboratory; also known as the Kinesiology Laboratory.
The Kinesiology Laboratory is equipped with a state of-the-art metabolic system, a 12-lead EKG system, mechanically-braked cycle ergometers, programmable treadmills, and a variety of other equipment used in physical fitness assessments (blood pressure, strength, endurance, flexibility, body composition, etc). The laboratory is also equipped with a variety of analyzers used for measuring blood values (lactic acid, lipid profiles, glucose, etc.). Using this equipment, and using equipment located in SAU’s Wellness Center, students learn to perform tests such as, VO2max, Wingate anAT, indirect calorimetry (REE, BMR, etc.), repetition maximum testing, body composition assessment, flexibility, and a variety of exercise-related physiological assessments. Students may also choose to be involved in ongoing exercise-related research projects conducted within the exercise science program.