Sports Performance

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We offer a range of testing packages, depending on your needs. Whether you want a detailed health check, a fitness test, or a musculoskeletal assessment – we can help you.

To book any of the below packages/individual tests or for further information please call 01494 603 090 or email philip.woodbridge@bucks.ac.uk.

You can find us at the High Wycombe Campus, Queen Alexandra Road, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP11 2JZ.

Endurance assessment - Running, cycling, or rowing (£150 - 2 hours)

Test key markers of endurance fitness and provide accurate training zone guidance to improve training structure and delivery.

VO2 Max Test

 

Approximate duration: 45 minutes – 1 hour

Individual cost: £60

Description: Maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max) provides a measure of an individual’s aerobic power. It reflects the ability to take in, transport, and use oxygen in the active muscles. Typically, the higher an individual’s oxygen consumption, the greater their aerobic power (or endurance ability).

Suitable for: Anyone wishing to precisely measure their aerobic power for health or sporting performance.

Measures: VO2max, heart rate max.

What does the test involve?

After a gentle warm up the test will begin. During this test, exercise intensity will gradually increase. Heart rate and oxygen consumption (measured via expired air) will be measured continuously during the test.

When the pace can no longer be maintained and volitional exhaustion is reached, maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) is measured. This test provides an excellent measure of cardiorespiratory health/fitness and is also a strong predictor of endurance performance.

This test can be completed using the treadmill, cycle ergometer or rowing machine, to best suit the athletes’ training needs. The test results will be compared to the population of interest and beneficial feedback will be given on your endurance fitness classification. 

Lactate Profile Test

 

Approximate duration: 30 minutes

Individual cost: £80

Description: During progressive intensity exercise the body is less able to remove lactate from the working muscles.

The result is lactic acid build up which leads to fatigue. By assessing blood lactate at a range of exercise intensities, a blood lactate graph can be created to determine your lactate threshold (rise above resting lactate levels) and lactate turn point (the point where lactate begins to accumulate in the blood).

We'll also monitor your heart rate response to exercise. This data can be used to calculate heart rate training zones for you to guide your training and monitor progress.

Suitable for: Recreational exercisers, amateur athletes and professional athletes (combined usually with a VO2max and other tests)

Measures: Lactate threshold, Lactate turn point, heart rate training zones.

What does the test involve?

This is a sub-maximal step-test, which will require you to exercise in 3-4 minute stages at progressive speeds/power outputs. During this process your heart rate, blood lactate and rating of perceived exertion (RPE), are recorded to create a physiological profile.

From this test, important metabolic ‘thresholds’ are identified. Recommendations for training will be given based on the data.

Body Composition Assessment

 

Approximate duration: 30 minutes

Individual cost: £40

Description: The Bod Pod is an air displacement plethysmograph, using whole-body densitometry to determine body composition (fat and fat-free mass). The system is safe, non-invasive and has excellent test-to-test repeatability.

Measures: Body fat %, Lean mass %, body fat (kg)

Suitable for: All athletes and non-athletes.

General Health Assessment (£150 – 1 hour 30 Minutes)

This package is designed to give you an individualised summary of industry standard health & wellbeing markers that can be used as a baseline to assess the results of lifestyle changes.

Body Composition Assessment

 

Approximate duration: 30 minutes

Individual cost: £40

Description: The Bod Pod is an air displacement plethysmograph, using whole-body densitometry to determine body composition (fat and fat-free mass). The system is safe, non-invasive and has excellent test-to-test repeatability.

Measures: Body fat %, Lean mass %, body fat (kg)

Suitable for: All athletes and non-athletes.

  • Basal Metabolic rate test
  • Blood pressure assessment
  • Blood glucose assessment

Muscle Testing and Movement Analysis (2 hours - £150)

This package involves functional movement and muscle balance tests to measure strength and highlight potential injury risks

  • Isokinetic Dynamometer Muscle Testing
  • Counter movement Jump test
  • Y-Balance Test
  • Functional Movement Screen

Contact us to discuss via philip.woodbridge@bucks.ac.uk to book each of these bespoke services.

Bespoke services

Corporate team building: Tips from the Olympics

The Sports Science Team at Buckinghamshire New University have designed a fun and exciting day of professional development that will invite your team to think about their health and activity levels, based on our experience working in the Olympic games.  

Olympians employ a selection of practices in all areas of their life to perform consistently and maximise their chances of success – all based around the key principles of training, recovery and nutrition.

The Olympian mindset can be applied to business and sport to improve quality of life for you and those around you. 

By sharing lessons learnt from years of working with some of the world’s top athletes, the Sports Science & Therapy teams will give you some ideas on how to make marginal gains to your daily practice to improve health and productivity at home and work.

Over the course of a day you will have the chance to engage in a fun teambuilding session and learn the tips and tricks that help elite athletes perform day to day. You will learn about your own health and activity habits and identify some small ways in which you can improve.

View the agenda.

Schools and colleges visits

We offer a range of school and college packages, including day visits and talks. We can also provide bespoke support for professional teams. Previous clients include England Handball, Wycombe Wanderers, Watford FC Academy, FAB Academy and Reading Ladies FC.

Sports team

In partnership with Wycombe Wanderers FC, we worked with the squad and fitness staff during pre-season testing, which involves both lab-based and ground-based testing. Goalkeepers in particular make use of our Neurotracker system to help train perceptual-cognitive ability.

In April 2015, We made a positive contribution to the England Touch Rugby Women’s 27 squad as they prepared for their World Cup campaign. This involved squad testing, training programmes, and informative lectures around topics such as recovery and supplementation for optimum performance.

Research and consultancy

We're also big on research, having worked with Wycombe General Hospital’s Type 1 Diabetes research team, led by Diabetes specialist Dr Ian Gallen. We helped examine novel ways to reduce hypoglycaemia in physically active Type 1 Diabetics, including the use of caffeine, insulin pump management, and different types of insulin.

We're always interested in taking on new research and consultancy projects in the Human Performance Laboratory, so please contact us to discuss any ideas. 

Nutritional analysis

Using nutritional analysis software (WinDiets), we can analyse your nutritional intake and identify the amount of nutrients consumed in a typical three-day period. We can then advise you on whether the energy consumed in terms of calories is suitable for your gender, age and fitness requirements or sporting activities.

Our nutritional software can also help identify any nutritional deficiencies and provide recommendations on food groups to be consumed to address these deficiencies.

The HPL in action

 

 

In addition to our work with Wycombe Wanderers and Watford FC we had the opportunity to help Dr. Michael Mosely with his work for Channel 4.

The health turnaround the volunteers achieved in just three weeks was remarkable, and key to their success were the tests we did at Buckinghamshire New University.
Dr Michael Mosley BNU honorary
21 Day Body Turnaround Channel 4 Programme Michael Mosley image
It was a great opportunity to showcase what we are capable of in the Human Performance Laboratory and an interesting change from our work with competitive athletes.
Dr Mark Homer Senior Lecturer in Exercise Physiology
Head shot of a smiling Mark Homer wearing a polo top stood face on and looking directly into the camera