+ Exercise Physiology

    Exercise Physiology

    About the Exercise Physiology Laboratory

    The objectives of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory (EXL) are three-fold: 1) to support astronaut medical assessment testing requirements, 2) to evaluate and validate exercise countermeasures hardware, protocols, and conditioning programs for the maintenance of crew health and performance during International Space Station missions, and 3) to better understand the effects of microgravity on human physiology and performance both during and after spaceflight.
    Exercise Physiology Exercise Physiology lab members collect data on the C-9.

    Areas of research include: effects of microgravity on blood volume and aerobic capacity, musculoskeletal adaptations to resistance training using novel hardware, orthostatic intolerance, biomechanics of exercise in zero-gravity, near infrared spectroscopy, and metabolic cost of locomotion with different spacesuit pressures and gravitational loads. Laboratory personnel also monitor inflight exercise responses to evaluate and validate exercise countermeasure concepts.

    Basic research investigations are conducted through NASA Research Announcements, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, and the Exercise Countermeasures Project peer-review process.