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Height is measured to the nearest 0.1cm using a wall mounted stadiometer. Weight is
measured to the nearest 0.1kg using an electric scale. The average of two measurements
is used to calculate body mass index (BMI = kg/m²).
Resting blood pressure is measured using a sphygmomanometer and stethoscope. The average
of two measurements is used to calculate systolic and diastolic values.
Body composition can be measured by anthropometric measures of waist and hip circumferences
or a 7-site skinfold test. Circumferences are measured using a spring loaded gulick,
and calipers are used for skinfolds.
The CERC also has capacity to measure body composition using the gold standard, dual
energy x-ray absorptiometry (DEXA). DEXA is a full body scan that measures fat mass,
fat free mass, visceral adiposity and bone mineral density. The scan lasts approximately
Resting Metabolic Rate
Through indirect calorimetry with the ParvoMedics system, the CERC has the capability
to measure resting metabolic rate (RMR). This is often referred to as ‘basal metabolic
rate’ or the amount of calories expended at rest. Resting heart rate is also determined
by this protocol. This test takes approximately 50 minutes to complete.
Using the Biodex System 3, the CERC offers measurements of muscular strength, peak
torque, work and power.
An environmental chamber is housed in the CERC, which allows for measurements under
controlled conditions at various levels of humidity and temperature.
Graded Exercise Test
Cardiovascular fitness is measured in the CERC using a motorized treadmill. Expired
gases are collected with the ParvoMedics metabolic system to determine maximal oxygen
consumption (VO2max), maximal heart rate, respiratory exchange ratio (RER), and aerobic/anaerobic
threshold. Cardiac activity is monitored with a 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). Testing
protocols vary according to fitness status.
The CERC provides both cardiovascular (via treadmill or recumbent bicycle) and resistance
training for research studies. Training is tailored to the specific objectives of
the project. Pricing varies and is negotiated on an individual basis.
Blood Collection and Assay Analyses
The CERC has a phlebotomy room where blood is collected, processed and stored. In
collaboration with the Exercise Biochemistry Laboratory, the CERC has the capacity
to analyze collected samples for lipids, glucose, metabolic hormones, cytokines, inflammatory
markers, indicators of appetite and hunger and others.
Psychosocial and Behavioral
The CERC provides a variety of services including survey administration and participant
interviews. Pricing for these vary and are negotiated on an individual basis depending
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