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Clinical Exercise Physiology, Prevention and Wellness

Research conducted in the clinical exercise physiology, prevention and wellness lab includes the following: wellness profiles in undergraduate students during the freshman “transition” year; activity profiles of physical therapy and other graduate students; wellness education for caregivers of elderly parents. The primary focus of this laboratory is to promote evidence-based research regarding the preventive benefits of physical activity in reducing the risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

Research collaborations for this lab have included several interdisciplinary applications with Dr. Nick Flynn, PhD, Biochemistry, Department Head, West Texas A&M University, as well as Dr. Thomas Starkey, PhD, LCSW, Program Director and Assistant Professor, and Mimi Baugh, RN. Future research emphasis will include a pulmonary rehabilitation emphasis in the hospital setting. Therapists, nurses, and administrators of local medical facilities collaborate with this lab for data collection in the clinical/patient care environment.

Director: Shelly D. Weise, PT, EdD
Location: Center for Human Performance, Room 144

Publications

Weise SD, Jansa C, Williams R, King A, Southall S. Effect of Warm-up on Physiological and Psychological Components in Trained Distance Runners with VO2max Testing; Accepted for poster presentation at: American College of Sports Medicine National Meeting, June, 2011, Denver, CO, MSSE, Vol. 43:5 Supplement, p. 864.

Weise SD, Pugh J, Cole S, Amow Ali L, Hudson B, Hairell V, Mendicino S. An Initial Comparison of Physical Activity Parameters for Physical Therapy Students during Didactic versus Clinical Instruction; Accepted for poster presentation at: American Physical Therapy Association, Combined Sections Meeting, February, 2011, New Orleans, LA.

“Nutritional Profiling of College Students”; Status: inter-disciplinary Carr Student Research project with Biochemistry, Dr. Nick Flynn, PhD; poster presented at Angelo State University at Carr Research Scholar luncheon, April, 2011.

“Physical Activity of Physical Therapy Students during Clinical and Didactic Phases of Curriculum”; Status: abstract submitted for presentation at the APTA’s CSM meeting, Jan., 2013.

Undergraduate Research

“Nutritional Profiling of College Students”; Status: inter-disciplinary Carr Student Research project with Biochemistry, Dr. Nick Flynn, PhD; poster presented at Angelo State University at Carr Research Scholar luncheon, April, 2011.

Grants

“Child Caregiver Burden”; Status: inter-disciplinary WED Center research project with Nursing, Mimi Baugh, RN, GNP-C, and Social Work, Dr. Thomas Starkey, PhD, LCSW; awarded as Research Enhancement Grant for $4,940.00.

“Body Composition and Cardiorespiratory Fitness in Hispanic and non-Hispanic College Students:  a Longitudinal Study”; Status: inter-collegial project with Dr. You-jou Hung, PT, PhD; awarded as Research Enhancement Grant for $8,223.00