Human Performance Laboratory

Teaching laboratory

The exercise physiology teaching laboratory is used predominantly for the extensive practical teaching that goes on at all levels, as well as individual data collection activities for dissertations. We pride ourselves on the high volume of laboratory experience afforded to students in order to reinforce exercise physiology theory covered in lectures and develop fundamental measurement and evaluation skills. Accordingly, students consistently comment favorably on the use of laboratory work as part of their learning experience.

Our teaching laboratory is equipped with:

  • Monark cycle ergometers
  • HP Cosmos treadmill
  • Douglas bags
  • Servomex gas analysers and Harvard dry gas meters
  • Cosmed on-line gas analyzers (Quark b2 and K4 b2)
  • Capillary blood sampling analysers
  • Anthropometrical equipment
  • ECG analysers
  • Blood pressure monitors
  • Reflotron blood analyser

In addition to the laboratory-based equipment, the Department also has a range of equipment that permits field-based evaluation of human performance. This includes:

  • SPI-pro 5 Hz GPS system
  • Speedtrap II timing system
  • Optojump timing system
  • Osmocheck portable osmometer