The Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine
The Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine (ISSM) is a state-of-the-art research laboratory dedicated to optimizing health, body composition, and human performance. ISSM is a collaborative effort between the College of Health and Human Sciences, FSU Athletics, College of Medicine, Nike, and our founding Partner, Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic. Since its establishment in 2010, ISSM has conducted studies on populations ranging from elite athletes to clinical populations.
Additionally, ISSM has served FSU students through laboratory experiences and internship opportunities. Our vision is to produce high-quality and ethical research in sport nutrition and exercise performance. Secondly, the ISSM aims to be the authority in sport science and medicine locally, nationally, and internationally.
Michael Ormsbee, Ph.D.
Professor & Director for the FSU Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine
Whether you’re looking to improve athletic performance or just want see where your health stands, the Institute of Sports Sciences and Medicine at Florida State University now provides a comprehensive list of services to help individuals reach their optimal health. The ISSM facility uses the highest quality research-grade testing equipment including the Alter G Anti-Gravity treadmill – ideal for those with physical disabilities or injuries to help maintain cardiovascular endurance without bearing full body weight on their joints. Additional services include state-of-the-art body composition measurements, aerobic fitness, lactate threshold, fuel utilization assessments and more.
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Andrew McKune, Ph.D, CSCS
Associate Professor, Strength and Conditioning Sciences
University of Canberra (AU)
Michael Sweeney, M.D., FACS
Associate Professor, Clinical Sciences Board Certified Surgeon
Daniel Van Durme, M.D., MPH
Associate Dean, Clinical & Community Affairs
Professor & Chair, Family Medicine & Rural Health
FSU College of Medicine
Phillip Worts, MS, LAT, ATC, CSCS
Clinical Research Manager
Tallahassee Orthopedic Clinic
We have specific resources to meet the needs of our clients and research.
Our biochemistry laboratory is primarily used for measurement of blood for metabolic and hormonal changes resulting from exercise and/or nutritional interventions. Primary methods of assessment include ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) and microdialysis.
A medical examination room is used for some of our more in-depth methods of assessment. These include blood draws and insertion of microdialysis probes.
Biodex Balance System
The Biodex Balance System has many applications. It can be used to assess fall risk in the elderly or as rehabilitative tool for patients suffering from neuromuscular diseases such as Parkinson’s. At ISSM, one of our primary uses of this tool is for assessing concussion symptoms and recovery.
The DEXA is at the forefront of much of our research as one of our primary focuses is body composition. It’s an extremely accurate method of assessing body composition. Using X-Ray technology, DEXA gives detailed data on total and regional body composition, as well as bone density. It is unmatched as an assessment tool for body composition as it can examine different regions (or individual body parts) for fat mass, lean mass, and bone density. DEXA can also delineate and measure different kinds of abdominal fat, such as subcutaneous and visceral.
ALTERG Antigravity Treadmill
This treadmill was originally designed as a rehabilitative tool. Its unweighting technology reduces impact force by effectively lessening the runner’s weight, (down to 20% of their actual weight). The AlterG also has applications as a training tool. Runner can run longer and harder on the AlterG with reduced risk of injury. At ISSM, we are currently investigating the potential ways in which the AlterG may enhance running performance.
Veletron Cycle Ergonometers
These state-of-the-art bicycles are extremely accurate and reliable tools for the measurement of human performance. The Veletrons feature fully adjustable frames and are capable of generating loads varying from 5 – 2000 watts. Equipped with Racermate’s unique software, riding courses from around the world can be downloaded or designed from scratch by the rider.
ParvoMedics Metabolic Cart
The metabolic cart is one of the most useful tools in any human performance laboratory. It can be used to measure a variety of parameters including: resting metabolic rate, maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max), and substrate utilization patterns. At ISSM, we use the metabolic cart to analyze the effects of a variety of nutritional interventions on resting and exercise metabolism.
Biodex System 4 Pro
The Biodex is a state-of-the-art dynamometer which can measure a variety of parameters including isometric and isokinetic force and power production. It has long been used as a rehabilitative tool. At ISSM, we use the Biodex mostly to measure changes in strength and power (as a result of training and/or nutritional interventions)
Dartfish Movement Analysis Software
This software allows for analysis of step-by-step movements, different movement angles, speed, and trajectory. It is also useful as a tool for demonstrating key movement techniques for athletics.
Delsys Trigno Wireless EMG System
This system comes with wireless sensors that can attach to the body. Each EMG sensor relays biofeedback about muscle activation and relaxation to the analysis software immediately and synchronously.
Tendo Weightlifting Analyzer
The objective is to analyze weightlifting records’ average velocity, acceleration, peak velocity, power output, and force produced for any barbell-based lift. These recordings can also provide insight on the experience level of a lifter and can remember up to 500 repetitions.
The Watt Bike utilizes both magnetic and air braking resulting in a riding experience which closely matches the feel of the road. It is also fully adjustable allowing for the attainment of optimal riding position. Watt Bike software allows for the collection and display of a variety of data points including cadence, power output, heart rate, torque, and speed.
Monark Bicycle Ergometers
ISSM houses two Monark cycle ergometers. These are typically used for Wingate testing of maximal power development.
This impressive treadmill can incline to 20% and decline to -5%. It boasts a top speed of 25 mph. This is one of our most utilized pieces of equipment as it used for a variety of testing protocols such as VO2max and lactate threshold.
AMTI Force Plates
We use these force plates to measure ground reaction forces, balance, gait, and other biomechanical parameters related health and performance.
Concept2 Rowing Ergometer
The Concept2 is a reliable and accurate tool for the measurement of power production and human performance, particularly in non-cyclists or runners. It provides a multitude of data points including cadence, power output, speed, and distance.