Academic and Sports Facilities

 

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​The School has specialist teaching areas and sport science laboratories.  Please click on the links below to find out more.


Performance Analysis Lab

 

​The ​School of Sport houses two Performance Analysis laboratories containing dual boot iMacs stocked with an array of software’s on Windows and Mac platforms. These include match and technique tools, GPS software coupled with an arrangement of video editing tools. These labs are predominately used as teaching venues for our BSc and MSc courses, but are accessible 24/7 for students and staff to undertake academic research/dissertations. 

A third laboratory is accessible at Cyncoed Campus, which is predominately used by L5 and L6 Work Based Learning students (WBL). This laboratory is supplemented with a growing facility of IP network cameras enabling a powerful video capture process, predominately used to film Cardiff Met Sport teams​.

The powerful combination of lecture material and vocational work experience creates an environment that is complementary to learning. This is exemplified by the successful recruitment of graduates by major clubs and International teams in a range of sports. The Centre for Performance Analysis (CPA) also runs a variety of projects in association with external bodies to support their analytical needs.

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Physiology Labs

 

The Sport Physiology Labs are accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES).​​​​​​

We have two laboratories with a wide range of equipment for sport-specific assessment, including running, cycling, swimming and rowing.  These contain a range of equipment which is used to enhance student learning and allow for hands-on experience with specialist sports science equipment.

Practical sessions are designed to support understanding of the theoretical concepts which are fundamental to exercise physiology and human performance. Each teaching laboratory contains cycle ergometers and a motorised treadmill, as well as Douglas bags and gas analysers for the assessment of respiratory responses to different types of exercise performance.

There is also a wide range of equipment used to teach specific concepts in physiology; Skinfold calipers for body composition, ECG machines and heart rate monitors for cardiovascular physiology, timing gates for the assessment of speed and power, and Wingate software for the assessment of anaerobic performance.   

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Physiology Research Labs

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​The labs​ provide undergraduate students with a chance to gain experience with more advanced sports science equipment during their final year dissertation project.​

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Biomechanics Lab

 

Sport and Exercise Biomechanics is housed in NIAC, with a dedicated lab space, two data collection areas within the athletics area, an analysis suite and a workshop.

Hardware includes Vicon and CODAmotion automatic motion capture systems, high speed cameras and Kistler force plates.

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Strength & Power Gym


The new Strength and Power Gym provides an excellent environment for teaching, research, consultancy and, of course, training.​

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Rehabilitation & Conditioning Gym


Situated above the Strength and Power gym is the Conditioning and Rehabilitation gym. One half of this area is equipped for upper body strength development with four weight lifting benches and racks, dumbbell benches, prone pull benches and a range of dumbbells. The other half provides an open space area for warm ups and rehabilitation practical lectures. The gym has an extensive range of rehabilitation based equipment including Swiss balls, Bosu balls, stability cushions, kettle bells, medicine balls and resistance bands. 

SCRAM Research Lab

The SCRAM Research Laboratory enables in-depth analysis of athletic performance. The facility enables researchers and practitioners alike to determine an athlete's level of performance for a range of strength and power qualities. It also allows practitioners to assess muscular performance within a rehabilitative setting.

The gym houses an AMTI force plate, a pair of Pasco force plates as well as having two ground-fixed Kistler force plates to collect force-time data. Additional testing equipment includes Fusion sport SmartSpeed and SmartJump Systems, Tendo Units and GymAware. ​

Massage Teaching Room


Sports Massage is an integral part of the teaching on the BSc(Hons) Sports Conditioning, Rehabilitation and Massage.

The School's Sports Massage teaching room is situated on the first floor of the National Indoor Athletics Centre (NIAC). The room is fully equipped to teach both practical and theoretical aspects of spor​ts massage, providing an excellent learning and teaching environment. A number of portable massage plinths are available, allowing the students to develop their massage techniques in a professional setting. As knowledge of anatomy and physiology is crucial to the student sports massage practitioner, a variety of anatomical models of joints, muscles and ligaments are accessible to the students to aid their learning experience.

Cardiff Met also runs a massage clinic open to students and external clients; the clinic provides students on the degree course with opportunity to develop their skills, accrue practice hours towards their Level 4 massage qualification and gain valuable experience of working in a supervised sports massage clinic. 

Sports Facilities

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Students undertake their applied principles and techniques modules in the sports facilities situated on the Cyncoed Campus. The National Indoor Athletic Centre also houses the strength and conditioning teaching facilities, biomechanics lab an​d the massage teaching room.

Further details about each of the sports facilities can be found here.