The Research

Dexalytics is based on over 30 years of university research working with DXA. Our bodycomposition research spans from high school to professional athletes and extends to infants, the elderly and everything in between. We have published normative body composition data, using DXA, in both professional and collegiate football players with samples of over 350 individual athletes. Our group is part of the Consortium for College Athlete Research (C-CAR) that pools DXA data from five universities from Power Five Conferences with the goal of publishing normative DXA data for a variety of university sports. 

First and foremost, we believe that the accuracy and reliability of the data is critical, in particular in elite sport.  Secondly, we strive to move body composition beyond totals measures. Traditional metrics of percentage of body fat, total lean mass (or fat-free mass in 2- component methods) and total fat mass don’t tell the complete picture for athletes. The distribution of fat and lean mass as well as the ratios of distribution are critical for how athletes move their body through space. Truly understanding what your body is, will be critical identifying what your body can do.

Who Are We?

Donald Dengel, PH.D.

Donald Dengel, PH.D.

Donald Dengel, Ph.D., is a Professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. He serves as the Director of the Human Performance Core and Densitometry Services at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, which provides clinical vascular, metabolic, exercise and body composition testing for researchers across the University of Minnesota...

Tyler Bosch, PH.D.

Tyler Bosch, PH.D.

Tyler Bosch, PhD earned his Master’s and Doctoral degree from the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota. Following his doctorate, he completed a two-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota Medical School studying the effect of exercise on glucose and lipid metabolism using isotopic tracer techniques...

Research Publications

Body Composition and Bone Mineral Density of Division 1 Collegiate Football Players, a Consortium of College Athlete Research (C-CAR) Study

Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research

Bosch et al

Total And Segmental Body Composition Examination In Collegiate Football Players Using Multifrequency Bia And Dxa.

Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research

Bosch et al

Fitness level is associated with sex-specific regional fat differences in normal weight young adults.

J Endocrinol Diabetes 2(2):1-5, 2015.

Bosch et al

Accuracy and reliability of assessing lateral compartmental leg composition using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry.

Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise 49(4):833-839, 2017.

Dengel et al

In adult twins, visceral fat accumulation depends more on exceeding sex-specific adiposity thresholds than on genetics.

Metabolism 64:991-998, 2015.

Bosch et al

Dengel et al: Body composition of National Football League players.

J Strength Cond Res 28(1):1-6, 2014.

Dengel et al

Abdominal body composition difference in NFL football players.

J Strength Cond Res 28(12):3313-3319, 2014.

Bosch et al

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