TWC receives grant for exercise science equipment

Posted on: June 23, 2014

The TWC Exercise and Sports Sciences Department has received funding through a Fullgraf Foundation grant to purchase a Bod Pod.

The Tennessee Wesleyan College Exercise and Sports Sciences Department has received funding through a Fullgraf Foundation grant to purchase a Bod Pod, a state-of-the-art piece of equipment that assesses body composition with respect to both lean (fat free mass of bone, tissue, and muscle) and fat mass. Since arriving on campus in 2009, TWC Chair and Associate Professor in the Exercise and Sports Sciences Department Diane Klein has been interested in offering her students something more for their program of study, particularly in the testing laboratory, currently housed in TWC’s Fisher Hall. 

“I’ve been seeking grants for this equipment for the past five years,” said Klein. “The Fullgraf Foundation’s grant funding has been a dream come true for my students and I.”

Klein believes the Bod Pod will benefit TWC students in several ways. TWC’s undergraduate students will now experience an opportunity usually reserved for graduate students in Exercise Science/Kinesiology programs that have a Bod Pod. 

The students will be trained to work with the Bod Pod during their lab-based Exercise Science courses and will have opportunities to work on research with faculty as the research program develops within the department. 

Students will also provide service through the Bod Pod lab, establishing regular lab hours for assessments via referral from healthcare providers, personal trainers, various therapists, and individuals seeking a body composition assessment out of personal interest. Since the closest Bod Pod available to the public is in Knoxville, Tenn., TWC having one in Athens could provide an income opportunity for the college to support the maintenance of the Bod Pod.

“Our athletics program will also benefit from the Bod Pod being available on campus,” said Klein. “Our athletics teams can use the Bod Pod to assess training and conditioning programs for the various athletic sports on campus during both pre- and post-season.”