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Sports 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.

Students on our sports and health courses enjoy regular opportunities to use the equipment as part of their studies, and they'll conduct regular research and clinical assessments within the labs.

Lactate threshold

The lactate threshold calculates an individual’s suitable training zones to improve performance. You can book the lactate threshold on its own or combined with the VO2 max. This test can be carried out on the following ergometers: treadmill, cycle ergometer, concept II rowing ergometer. Following the testing session you will be provided with: resting heart rate, training zones based on heart rate and speed if on a treadmill, and training zones based on heart rate and power when cycling and rowing. This test is for athletes who are trying to improve their performance. The test will start at a low intensity and after a time a capillary blood sample will be taken from your fingertip or earlobe. The intensity will then increase and you will exercise for a further duration of time which will be followed by another capillary blood sample. Most individuals will complete between 6-8 stages before exhaustion. You will be required to wear a heart rate monitor and face mask.

VO2 max testing

The Cortex MetaLyzer® is a highly resolving ergospirometry system with breath-by-breath technology. It allows the differentiated performance testing of the lungs, heart and metabolism at rest and under stress. This test provides an assessment of aerobic fitness on equipment using either a treadmill, bike or rowing ergometer, starting at low intensity and builds up until your body reaches exhaustion and you achieve maximal heart rate. Throughout the test you will be required to wear a heart rate monitor and face mask.

Bod Pod Gold

The BOD POD Gold Standard Body Composition Tracking System is an air displacement plethysmograph which uses whole-body densitometry to determine body composition (fat and fat-free mass) in adults and children. 

Environmental acclimation

Using the environmental chamber we can simulate altitudes of up to 21,000 ft (6400m) and temperatures of between -20C and 40C. It is used for athletic performance testing, pre-acclimatisation and studies of physical wellness.

Anti-gravity treadmill

This innovative anti-gravity treadmill, the Alter-G M320, will allow clinicians to reduce gravity’s impact by selecting any weight between 20% and 100% of the body weight. The reverse effect is now used for patients suffering from brain injuries, neurological disorders, athletic injuries and obesity in physical therapy. It is gaining traction in health settings such as the University’s sport injury and spine clinics, as well as with elite athletes for improving endurance and performance.

 

 

CSMI Humac Norm Isokinetic Dynanometer

Isokinetic dynamometers help to measure the isokinetic strengths of upper and lower limbs.

Team Testing

Within the Lab setting we can offer tailored sport science testing for sport teams. We are able to predict strength, measure power, collect body compositional data and test anaerobic & aerobic capabilities.

 

 

 

Golf Simulator

The Trackman 4 Golf Simulator captures data through a dual radar tracking system. One high-resolution radar exclusively tracks the club through impact, while another high precision radar tracks the ball from launch to landing and everything in between. This provides the perfect foundation for analysis and diagnosis where conclusive data is delivered in an easy-to-understand format. Alongside this, we also have software that provides courses to play on.

 

 

Qualisys Miqus M3 3D Camera System

This advanced three-dimensional, high-speed, motion-capturing system with integrated force plates is used for motion analysis and inverse dynamics for kinetics measurements.