The 13,150 square foot facility houses sophisticated research equipment in a space like no other on the East Coast. The equipment will be utilized by students studying a variety of fields including physical therapy, exercise science, athletic training, biology, physics, chemistry, mathematics and more. Students will study injury prevention and rehabilitation methods in the lab, as well as methods to improve human physiologic response to activity and overall physical performance.
“If you know about High Point University, you know we focus on the need for students to experience what they learn in the classroom, outside of the classroom,” Dr. Dennis Carroll, provost and vice president for academic affairs, told a crowd of university friends and family during the opening ceremony of the facility. “You are sitting in a facility that epitomizes experiential learning.”
The research performed in the lab will benefit athletes and patients around the world.
“Why is this lab significant? Because it will change lives,” said Dr. Daniel Erb, dean of the School of Health Sciences. “It already has improved performance of athletes here and in the community and worked to decrease injuries. And it won’t just impact those we call athletes. Research here will be translated to people outside of athletics to improve their lives, too.”
Dr. Nido Qubein, president of HPU, Dr. Carroll, Dr. Erb and Dr. Eric Hegedus, chair of the department of physical therapy, led the opening ceremony. Afterward, distinguished faculty and HPU students and athletes demonstrated the equipment, such as the anti-gravity treadmill, 24 high-speed cameras, environmental chamber and golf swing simulator.
Faculty also delivered presentations on research being performed in the lab, and video presentations of university faculty from around the world that are collaborating in the research were played throughout the event.
“I’m convinced you’ll look back on this as a key milestone in the development of what I’m personally convinced will become recognized as one of the premier institutions for physical therapy education, practice and research, not just in the U.S., but internationally,” said Dr. David Baxter, dean of the School of Physiotherapy at the University of Otago in New Zealand, in a video presentation. “We wish you all the very best and look forward to continued collaboration with you there at High Point.”