The Exercise Testing Core is equipped to perform electrocardiogram (ECG) monitored sub-maximal and maximal cardiovascular exercise performance testing and musculoskeletal strength and endurance assessments. The core includes two Parvomedics True One™ metabolic carts for the performance of metabolic testing (i.e. VO2), two Trackmaster treadmills TMX425C and a Lode Excalibur Sport™ bicycle ergometer. The Valiant Treadmill has a zero starting speed and acceleration capabilities ranging from 0.2 - 40 km/h (0.125-25Mph) and is capable of imposing both positive (+25%) and negative (-10%) inclines, while accommodating patients weight up to 340 kg (750 lbs). The Lode Excalibur Sport ergometer is capable of singular wattage increments ranging from 0-1000 W. The Core has 2 ECG machines including a Quinton Q-Stress and newly acquired wireless Mortara X-Scribe system.
The core also includes a Biodex™ isokinetic strength dynamometer to perform constant velocity muscular strength and endurance testing. The Biodex system interfaces with computer microprocessors to measure torque, power, and endurance for resistance throughout a joint's range of motion (ROM) of most musculoskeletal joint areas. Resistance is provided using a servo-controlled mechanism and a user-defined constant velocity.