Russ Kisby Physical Activity & Health Promotion Laboratory

Named in honour of Russ Kisby, the former head of ParticipACTION and University of Saskatchewan distinguished alumnus, the Laboratory space is approximately 3800 sq. ft. specifically designed for the research programs of the Canda Research Chair (CRC), Dr. Lawrence Brawley, his trainees, and research associates.

The Laboratory includes office spaces for up to 6 graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, a CRC office, testing and training space, 3 interview rooms, conference room and storage space. The facility is equipped with telephone and internet access in every room. The purpose and operation of the Russ Kisby Physical Activity and Health-Promotion Laboratory is to conduct the evaluation testing necessary for multidisciplinary physical activity intervention research with older adults and special populations.

This training/testing facility can accommodate the following kinds of physical activity training/testing: resistance, physical function for activities of daily living, gait, balance mobility and cardiovascular challenge. As well, psychosocial outcomes such as the older adults’ views of their exercise-related self-confidence, decision-making, mood, health-related quality of life and associated symptomatology such as pain, depression, and perceived fatigue are examined.

The treadmill, electronic bicycle ergometer and metabolic cart system allows for controlled laboratory-based testing and gathering of both metabolically-related data and cardiovascular-related data. The lab also has 25 accelerometers for collecting physical activity data

For the study of mobility and gait in the various populations with mobility disabilities (e.g.,multiple sclerosis, knee osteoarthritis), the lab has Biometrics goniometers, a DataLog 8 Channel Data Acquisition Unit with Wireless Bluetooth, and peripheral devices for wireless monitoring of the knee and ankle joint during the course of gait. This system can be used in conjunction with the Kisby lab’s Platinum version of the Gait-Rite walkway system for tracking and monitoring mobility and detecting mobility disability in gaits of varied speed. Postural control and balance can also be examined using the Lab’s Bertec force platform.  

Strength testing can be accommodated using cable pulley resistance training units to address range of motion movements. These space-saving units have a floor footprint that can be reduced from a 10 foot square area to a 4 foot square area in less than a minute and have a hide-away feature that includes moveable doors that prevent unattended use.

L. R. Brawley , PhD

Professor & Canada Research Chair, Tier 1 :
Physical Activity in Health Promotion & Disease Prevention