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Health and Kinesiology


Steinke Physical Education Center (SPEC)

The Department of Health and Kinesiology's main office is located in the Steinke Physical Education Center (SPEC) which was built in 1970 and renovated inpool.jpg 1995. In addition to faculty and staff ofSteinke Physical Education Centerfices, the facility houses classrooms, a 50 m heated indoor swimming pool with diving well, a bowling alley, racquetball courts, tennis courts, and a soccer/football field.

The SPEC also houses a gymnasium which is the venue for many TAMUK and community events and is home to TAMUK's NCAA Division II basketball and volleyball teams.

SPEC Hours for Fall, 2019 (click for copy)

Contact Phil Compary, HKN Facilities Manager for more information. (361)593-2306

Health and Recreation Building and Annex

The Health and Recreation Building (a.k.a., The Old Gym), erected in 1928, was one of the first three structures built on the campus of A&M-Kingsville (then South Texas Teachers College). It is now home to HKN classrooms, faculty offices, a full size gymnasium, and the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL). The Health & Recreation Annex houses faculty offices, a dance studio and tennis courts.

Human Performance Laboratory (HPL)

Human Performance Lab 2017

For those students interested in the exercise sciences or the testing, measurement, and evaluation of fitness and/or human performance variables, the Department of Health & Kinesiology’s Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) is located in the Health & Recreation Building.  The HPL is comprised of the main lab (HREC 203) and five sub-labs [Exercise Biochemistry (HREC 106a), Body Composition Assessment I (HREC 106b), Body Composition Assessment II (HREC 210), Motor Behavior (HREC 102), and Heat Stress (HREC 103A)].

Equipment housed in the HPL includes:

-Ergometers:  treadmills, stationary cycles (pendulum, basket drop, and rate independent), high-load stationary cycle with computer interface (for anaerobic power testing), arm crank, Jackson isometric dynamometer (load cell), hand grip dynamometers, Biodex single chair isokinetic dynamometer, accelerometers.

-Neuromusculoskeletal:  sit-and-reach boxes (standard and modified), torso rotation devices, shoulder rotation devices, goniometers, flexiometers, electromyograph, electroencephalograph

Hydrostatic Tank

-Body Composition:  skinfold calipers (Lange), anthropometers, anthropometric measuring tape, bioelectric impedance analyzer (multi-frequency), hydrostatic chamber, air displacement plethysmograph (Bod Pod), physician's platform scales, stadiometers

-Metabolic/Pulmonary: metabolic cart, dry (bellows) spirometer, computer interfaced spirometer (Fleisch pneumotachograph), peak expiratory flow meters, Scholander chemical gas analyzer

-Cardiovascular:  sphygomanometers (aneroid and mercury column), electrocardiograph, stethoscopes (single and dual), heart rate monitorsbod-pod-300.jpg

-Biochemistry:  ultra-low (-80) freezer, microplate reader, microplate washer, spectrophotometer, refrigerated centrifuge, flake ice maker, water purification system, biosafety cabinet, miscellaneous blood collection/analysis equipment

-Environmental:  The HPL is currently equipped to measure wind speed, barometric pressure, ambient air temperature, globe temperature, and wet bulb globe temperature in-house and in the field.  Additionally, the HPL is equipped to measure core (rectal and ingestible probe) and multi- site skin temperature.  The Heat Stress Sub-lab allows for controlled exposure to heat/humidity during rest or exercise.

-Motor Behavior:  HUMAC balance/tilt system, reaction/movement/response timers, bimanual coordination tester, grooved pegboard tester, kinesthesiometer, card sorting box, automatic tally maze, Minnesota manual dexterity test battery, cutaneous sensitivity kit, Bassin anticipation timer, steadiness tester (groove and hole).

-Other:  Biopac physiological data acquisition system, pedometers, curl-up templates (for abdominal endurance), stopwatches, metronomes, refrigerator/freezer (3), computer stations, athletic training tables, anatomical models