CHIP investigators from UConn’s top-ranked Kinesiology Department have grants covering a broad range of exercise science areas. One area is exercise genomics, which involves studying how genetic variations influence the effects of exercise on health outcomes, such as blood pressure, and on muscle size and strength. Other lines of exercise science research at CHIP involve studying the effects of statins, a class of cholesterol-lowering drug, on muscle function; exercise as an intervention for hazardous drinking college students, for non-treatment seeking adults with alcohol disorders, and for cocaine abusers; and the use of prize incentives to promote physical activity in HIV-positive substance abusers and weight loss in college students. CHIP researchers are also studying the immediate aftereffects of aerobic versus ischemic handgrip exercises on blood pressure and vascular function; the role of acute and chronic ingestion of whey protein on the body’s response to resistance training; metabolic and hormonal responses to foods low in carbohydrates; and whether the level of fat in milk affects the efficacy of plant sterols in the milk to lower cholesterol.
New research in exercise science during FY13 includes work to examine the adaptability of the modern soldier to a multitude of different demands and environments, and to understand the implications for physical performance and resilience.
Additionally, during FY13, CHIP PI Linda Pescatello served as editor of the latest edition of the American College of Sports Medicine’s Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (ninth edition), considered the international go-to resource for those who prescribe exercise.