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Marjon Sport & Health Science Lab

Our biomechanics and physiology laboratories are home to a range of highly advanced equipment for elite sports performance and health and exercise research. Our students enjoy regular opportunities to use the equipment as part of their studies and they conduct regular research and clinical assessments within the labs. See all our courses.

We work with our own students, with schools and colleges and with elite athletes from the region.  Our world class facilities are available for use by professional sports teams. We were home to the Ghanaian squad during the London 2012 Olympics and to the Namibian team during the England 2015 Rugby World Cup. We provide the main training facilities for Plymouth City Patriots and we host training camps for professional and elite sports teams, including Plymouth Argyle.

Our Physiology Lab is accredited by BASES. This means our Lab is recognized to be at the highest quality by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).

BASES Laboratory Accreditation is a quality assurance process that provides clients with a means of confirming the appropriateness of a laboratory to conduct physiological testing. The accreditation process uses a written submission from the laboratory together with a detailed inspection visit to assess the appropriateness of the laboratory’s facilities, equipment, procedures and staffing. 

To become a BASES Accredited Laboratory, the following criteria must be met:

  • The laboratory must be under the Directorship of a BASES Accredited Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • The facilities must meet the standards established for laboratory accreditation
  • Equipment and techniques must be used with due regard for calibration, validity and reliability
  • Exercise testing and other measurements must be conducted in accordance with appropriate protocols and adhere to safety considerations
  • Data must be accurately interpreted
  • Feedback provided to clients must be informative and be communicated in such a way as to be useful to the client.

Our biomechanics and physiology laboratories are home to a range of advanced equipment for elite sports performance, and health and exercise research. These include VO2 max testing, lactate threshold testing, environmental acclimation chamber, Alter G anti-gravity treadmill, CSMI humac norm isokinetic dynamometer, golf simulator. We provide sport science testing for sport teams to predict strength, measure power, collect body compositional data and test anaerobic & aerobic capabilities.

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Our health checks are available to anyone who would like to find out more information regarding their physical health. The check includes: weight, cholesterol, blood sugar, blood pressure, heart rate, blood glucose, body composition (bioelectrical impedance). 

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Marjon Health and Wellbeing clinics empower patients to lead a healthy lifestyle through learning more about physical activity, healthy eating and relaxation strategies. We provide you with the tools you need to improve your quality of life and to reach your goals. Our flexible person-centred approach means that you as the patient are able explore and find out what works to support your own unique concerns and issues. You will benefit from many different activities and discussions including walking, swimming, massage, sleep, diet, pain, physical activity and exercise.

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We are really proud to work in partnership with the following organisations:

The Sport and Health Science Lab we can offer bespoke workshops tailored for schools & colleges. This service is available during the months of September, October, November, May & June.

The Lab is managed by the Sport & Health Science staff Chris Puleston and Meg Okey. They work closely with the course leader for BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, Stephen McGuire.

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