Western faculty receive nearly $70,000 in grants from the American Council on Exercise

GUNNISON, COLORADO— The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has awarded two Western State Colorado University faculty members $64,720 in grant funding for a series of research studies focused on health and fitness.

Drs. Lance Dalleck and Christina Buchanan, associate professors in the High Altitude Exercise Physiology (HAEP) Program, will use the funds to run seven studies, assisted by HAEP graduate students and undergraduate Exercise and Sport Science (ESS) students.

“ACE’s mission is really what our program mission is: to get more people moving,” Dalleck says. “Whatever we can do from a program standpoint and a research standpoint to get more people moving, the better.”

The studies will examine the effects of various activities and conditions on metabolism, fitness and performance. Upon conclusion, students—guided by Dalleck and Buchanan—will submit their reports to peer reviewed journals for publication. Each ACE-funded Western report has been published in both a scientific journal, such as the Journal of Science and Medicine in Sport, and ACE’s own publication, which has 90,000 readers.  

“When students graduate, they can say they were published, they did actual research. That really helps them in whatever they want to do next,” Dalleck says. “It highlights a lot of skills: collaboration, communication, problem solving. They actually have evidence that they can do all of those things.”

The studies give first-year undergraduate and graduate students real-word experience. They take what they learn in the classroom and apply it in the field.

Of the $64,720:

  • $12,500 supports a study examining young and middle-aged adults’ short- and long-term responses to exercising on the Total Gym® Row Trainer™.  
  •  $9,900 is dedicated to determining whether HIIT resistance exercise is superior to traditional resistance training.
  • $9,680 funds research into whether active or passive recovery improves exercise performance more.
  • $9,240 supports a study looking at recovery by cold-water immersion’s short- and long-term effects on exercise performance.
  • $8,200 is dedicated to a study analyzing the optimal frequency, intensity and time to reduce sedentary behavior and improve cardiometabolic health in middle-age and older adults.
  • $7,900 funds a study examining performance and health-related benefits of exercise training with a sauna suit.
  • $7,300 supports a study examining the short- and long-term cardiovascular and metabolic responses in middle-age and older adults playing Pickleball.

ACE has funded seven other Western research studies in the last three years, but this grant total marks the most awarded in a single year.  The university’s unique location at 7,700 ft. lends itself to studies of this nature, Dalleck says.

“With our HAEP program, we use either real or simulation environmental stressors. The heat, cold, the altitude, are some of the big things that helped us become the ‘go-to’ in terms of where ACE wanted to have the research done,” Dalleck says. 

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Monday, October 24, 2016 - 3:15pm