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Academy human performance lab tests, researches, trains, educates

Cadet 3rd Class Jesse Bicknell, a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Diving Team, goes over his Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry scan with intern Jim LaChapelle to get his percentage muscle to body fat and his bone density at the Academy's Human Performance Lab Sept. 28, 2009. Academy athletes take this scan about once a semester to track their progress. (U.S. Air Force photo/J. Rachel Spencer)

Cadet 3rd Class Jesse Bicknell, a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Diving Team, goes over his Dual Energy X-ray Absorptiometry scan with intern Jim LaChapelle to get his percentage muscle to body fat and his bone density at the Academy's Human Performance Lab Sept. 28, 2009. Academy athletes take this scan about once a semester to track their progress. (U.S. Air Force photo/J. Rachel Spencer)

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- The U.S. Air Force Academy's Human Performance Laboratory applies sports science principles to improve athletic teams and individual performance. The HPL also provides subject matter expertise on Air Force fitness programs and human performance.

The HPL tests and trains more than 1,000 cadets and approximately 100 faculty and staff members annually. Testing and training programs include:

-- Dual Energy X-ray Absorbtiometry
-- Sports Vision
-- Maximal Aerobic Capacity
-- Maximal Anaerobic Power
-- Running and Cycling Economy and/or Blood Lactate Threshold
-- Total Hemoglobin Mass
-- Hyperoxic Training

View the Human Performance Laboratory slideshow.