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Department

Health and Kinesiology

Facilities


Steinke Physical Education Center (SPEC)

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

Front of SPEC building

SPEC Recreation Offerings: As a service to the campus and local communities, the Department of Health & Kinesiology provides open recreation opportunities in the SPEC on a variable schedule throughout the year.  Please click here for more information, including hours of operation for open swimming, bowling, and racquetball in the SPEC.

Health and Recreation Building (HREC) 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 one classroom, faculty offices, a full size gymnasium, and a portion of the Human Performance Laboratory (HPL). The Health & Recreation Annex houses faculty offices, a band hall, tennis courts, and a portion of the HPL.

Human Performance Laboratory (HPL)

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 and Annex.  The HPL is 6750 sq ft devoted to teaching and research in the exercise sciences and comprised of the main lab and seven sub-labs:

Human Performance Lab

Main HPL (HREC 203, 2025 sq ft): The main HPL is a certified Biosafety Level 2 (BSL2) laboratory which serves as the parent laboratory for the department with a focus on exercise testing. Equipment housed within this laboratory includes: standard extended bed treadmill, bi-directional/incline/decline treadmill, stationary cycles (pendulum, basket drop, and rate independent), arm crank ergometer, Jackson isometric dynamometer (load cell), hand grip dynamometers, Biodex single chair isokinetic dynamometer, accelerometers, pedometers, electronic vertical jump tester, sit-and-reach boxes (standard and modified), torso rotation devices, shoulder rotation devices, goniometers, flexiometers, electromyograph (Biopac), metabolic cart, sphygmomanometers (aneroid and mercury column), stethoscopes (single and dual), heart rate monitors, stopwatches, metronomes, refrigerator/freezer, computer stations, athletic training tables, anatomical models, skinfold calipers (Lange), anthropometers, anthropometric measuring tape, physician's platform scales, stadiometer, field scales/stadiometer, miscellaneous blood collection equipment, and field based/point of care analysis systems for a variety of blood variables (glucose, lipid, lactate, etc.).

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Function Sub-lab (HREC 208, 350 sq ft): This sub-laboratory provides dedicated space for specialized cardiovascular and pulmonary function testing. Equipment housed within this laboratory includes: dry (bellows) spirometer, computer interfaced spirometer (Fleisch pneumotachograph), peak expiratory flow meters, Scholander chemical gas analyzer, pulse wave velocity/analysis device (Vicorder), stationary cycles (pendulum), athletic training tables, physician's platform scales, and stadiometer.

Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Sublab

Exercise Biochemistry Sub-lab (HREC 106a, 300 sq ft):  A certified BSL2 laboratory, this sub-laboratory is dedicated to the analysis of biological samples collected in the HPL’s other BSL2 laboratories. Equipment housed in this laboratory includes:  ultra-low (-80) freezer, microplate reader, microplate washer, spectrophotometer, refrigerated centrifuge, flake ice maker, water purification system, biosafety cabinet, refrigerator/freezer, miscellaneous blood collection/analysis equipment.

Biochem Lab

Body Composition Assessment I Sub-lab (HREC 106b, 200 sq ft): This sub-laboratory is one of two labs dedicated to body composition assessment. Equipment housed within this laboratory includes a hydrostatic chamber, physician's platform scales, and a stadiometer.

Hydrostatic Weighing

Body Composition Assessment II Sub-lab (HREC 102, 500 sq ft):  This sub-laboratory is one of two labs dedicated to body composition assessment. Equipment housed within this laboratory includes skinfold calipers (Lange), anthropometers, anthropometric measuring tape, bioelectric impedance analyzer (multi-frequency), air displacement plethysmograph (Bod Pod), dual energy x-ray absortiometer (DEXA), physician's platform scales, stadiometer, and athletic training tables.

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Heat Stress Sub-lab (HREC 103A, 150 sq ft): This sub-laboratory allows for controlled exposure to heat during rest or exercise. Equipment associated with this laboratory allows for the measurement of wind speed, barometric pressure, ambient air temperature, globe temperature, and wet bulb globe temperature in-house and in the field.  Additionally, the sub-lab is equipped to measure core (rectal and ingestible probe) and multi-site skin temperature.

Motor Behavior Sub-lab (HREC 210-225, 1000 sq ft): This laboratory suite houses resources dedicated to teaching and investigation in the areas of motor learning/control, motor development, and sport/exercise/performance psychology.  The sub-laboratory has a number of individual testing rooms that provide for testing privacy and reduced impact from outside stimuli, as well as a room dedicated to counseling with an associated observation room.  Equipment housed within this laboratory includes:  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), and multi-sensory fitness trainer (SMARTfit). Biofeedback, neurophysiological, and psychological testing equipment housed in the lab includes: electroencephalograph (Biopac), Inquisit software, Muse (relaxation training), Halo Sport (tDCS), multiple portable devices to assess HRV and practice arousal regulation techniques (Emwave2, Emwave plus, and BioNomadix Logger (Biopac)). This sub-lab also houses the Digital Motor Learning Center which is dedicated to analyzing and understanding cognitive psychology and perceptual motor development in relation to human neuromuscular function, and is capable of state-of-the-art virtual reality simulations through two Oculus Quest devices, two Dell Precision 3630 Computer stations, a CSMI HUMAC Balance/Tilt board, and additional gaming hardware and software.

HPL Annex (HREC 230, 2300 sq ft):  This BSL2 sub-laboratory is dedicated to teaching and research in the areas of strength, conditioning, and biomechanics. Equipment housed in this laboratory includes: power racks, power lift platform, belt squat platform (Pit Shark), peg board, an array of resistance training equipment (bar bells, dumbbells, medicine balls, kettlebells, plyometric boxes, power ropes, pull up bars, etc.), Schwinn airdyne, rowing machine, electromyography (Biopac), force plates (Kistler), athletic training tables, physician's platform scales, stadiometer. refrigerator/freezer, ultra-low (-80) transport freezer, miscellaneous blood collection equipment.