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UCEM's ECTF is a 7000 square feet core facility that is well-equipped to provide a clean, safe, and user friendly exercise training and testing environment for supervised exercise clinical trials. It contains two laboratories for a wide array of human physiological and performance tests.

Clinical Research Services
To access any of the following services for your research, please fill out the request for services form here or contact Craig Tuggle, MA at tugg12@uab.edu for more information. 

ECTF's Features:

1) Exercise Training Zone

  • 24 resistance exercise stations 
  • Olympic barbells, dumbbells, and over 2000 pounds of free weight 
  • 7 stationary cycle ergometers 
  • 9 treadmills 
  • 2 rowers


2) Cardiorespiratory Function Laboratory

  • 12-lead ECG graded exercise stress testing 
  • Aerobic power, i.e. maximal oxygen uptake (VO2max) 
  • Anaerobic power 
  • Steady state cardiorespiratory and metabolic demand during submaximal exercise (e.g., walking, running, cycling, stair climbing) 


3) Neuromuscular Function Laboratory

  • Joint kinematics (electrogoniometry) and kinetics
  • Maximum voluntary strength (isometric and dynamic) testing
  • Electrically evoked maximum force measurement
  • Neuromuscular power assessment Muscle fatigue testing
  • Muscle activation via surface electromyography (EMG)
  • Computerized balance assessment
  • Computerized gait analysis 


Meet the ECTF Team:
Marcas Bamman, PhD, Director
Professor of Cell, Developmental and Integrative Biology; Medicine, and Nutrition Sciences
Fellow, American College of Sports Medicine Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association
mbamman@uab.edu 
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Craig Tuggle, MA, Facility Manager
Masters degree in Exercise Physiology
Certified Health Fitness Specialist, American College of Sports Medicine
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, National Strength and Conditioning Association
tugg12@uab.edu 

John Reams, MA, Researcher III
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
ACSM Certified Inclusive Fitness Trainer (Special Populations)
Ph: (205) 934-6221
jreams@uab.edu  

Grace Cunningham, BS, Researcher II
Ph: (205) 934-6231 
gracecn@uab.edu 

Brandon Peoples, MS, Researcher II
ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
bpeeps@uab.edu 

Looking for internship or assistantship opportunities?  
Fill out our application form here.


Physical location:

Orthopedic Specialties Building, 133
University of Alabama at Birmingham
1313 13th Street South
Birmingham, AL 35205

Ph: 205-934-6221
exercise@uab.edu