Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science & Technology

Mooney LAB for Exercise, Nutrition, & Biochemistry

Department of Health, Human Performance, and Recreation
One Bear Place #97313
Waco, TX 76798-7313

Our Mission

The Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science & Technology, the Mooney Lab ENB, and the Athletic Training and Sports Medicine Laboratory are designed and equipped to provide our students with advanced academic training and practical experience in the exercise and health sciences. Our facilities provide an optimal environment for faculty and students to develop, test, and apply knowledge, skills, competencies, and to integrate their Christian worldview through service learning and research. The purposes of our laboratories are to:

  • Plan, research, and promote strategies and interventions to encourage and improve human health, fitness, sports, and wellness, as well as prevention.
  • Foster collaborative efforts within Baylor University and the surrounding medical community to develop and implement empirically-based wellness interventions
  • Provide community access to affordable, state-of-the-art fitness assessments, current health information, and individualized exercise prescriptions in order to improve the human condition and reduce chronic disease risk
  • Enhance sports performance and athletic achievement by testing sport-specific physical characteristics and developing individualized training recommendations based on test results.
  • Educate clinicians to become advanced practitioners through hands-on strategies and comprehensive evidence-based practice research.
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Our Facilities

Together, the Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science & Technology (BLEST) and the Mooney Lab (MLENB) integrate four separate facilities that are housed in the Marrs-McLean Gymnasium (MMG). These laboratories provide a collaborative environment where our HHPR faculty and students can conduct several research studies simultaneously. These facilities also allow us to deliver the very best hands-on instruction to undergraduate and graduate students in our Exercise Physiology and Athletic Training programs as well as interested students from other programs across campus.

The Baylor Laboratories for Exercise Science & Technology

The BLEST includes three separate labs and over 4400 sq ft of functional space. The Cardiopulmonary Assessment and Health Appraisal Lab (MMG 127) is a 2000 sq ft, split-floor room.

The lab is equipped with a variety of exercise ergometers (e.g., treadmills, cycle ergometers, recumbent cycles, elliptical trainers, upper-body ergometers), Quinton® electrocardiography and stress-testing systems, MedGraphics™ automated open-loop spirometry, and the latest Parvo-Medics® respiratory gas analysis equipment. This equipment enables us to determine cardiorespiratory fitness and aerobic power; blood pressure, heart rate, electrocardiographic and other hemodynamic responses to exercise; pulmonary function at rest and during exertion; and, exercise energy expenditure using the latest technology.

The Body Composition Lab (MMG 126) is equipped with a state-of-the-art Hologic™ dual x-ray absorptiometer (DXA) for estimating body composition and bone density. Body composition may also be estimated using bioelectrical impedance and skin fold techniques.