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Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health Laboratory

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The REACH lab at KU Medical Center

The Research in Exercise and Cardiovascular Health (REACH) laboratory is comprised of dedicated students, researchers and volunteers from the community who work together to answer important questions about chronic disease and disability. The lab is focused on research that integrates three areas of study: cardiovascular physiology, brain aging and stroke recovery.

We are focused on using exercise interventions that maximize heart and brain health in people with and without disease. We use non-invasive methods to study the heart, lungs, brain and vascular system.

special lab bicycle equipment

man's legs using NuStep machine

Group receives award

blood flow ultrasound image

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Fitness and Body Composition Services

man undergoing VO2 max assessment with host connecting his mouth to equipment, along with a male monitoring himREACH lab offers various fitness assessments to the community on a fee-for-service basis. These include cardiac risk assessment, body composition, and VO2 max testing.

  • Cardiac risk assessment (screening including blood pressure)

  • Resting energy expenditure

  • Wingate anaerobic test

  • Bioelectrical impendence body fat analysis

  • Submaximal exercise test with or without gas analysis

    To contact the REACH lab or schedule an appointment, please call 913-945-6630 or send us an email.

  • Maximal exercise test (VO2 max) with gas analysis

  • Functional tests (Six-minute walk test, Timed up and go) with/without gas analysis

  • Interpretation of results for training purposes

Last modified: Sep 07, 2018

REACH Lab Home

Research by the REACH lab team suggests that greater emphasis should be placed on increasing physical activity during a patient's hospital stay following an acute stroke –. reported in the Journal of Neurological Physical Therapy. Read story

Lab Director

Sandra Billinger

Sandra A. Billinger, PT, PhD, FAHA

KU Department of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science


YouTube iconTBRS submaximal exercise test for the NuStep (video)

File Download:

TBRS submaximal exercise testing data collection sheet PDF document

TBRS submaximal VO2 prediction calculation sheet Excel spreadsheet document

To contact the REACH lab or schedule an appointment, please call 913-945-6630 or send us an email.

Interested in internship opportunities? Please contact Dr. Billinger directly.

REACH Laboratory is part of the Georgia Holland Research Laboratory