In laboratory 1, we have a range of exercise ergometers which reflect our range
of expertise and experience in the practical elements of sport & exericse
physiology. These exercise machines are used for the sport-specific assessment
of performance and the physiological responses to running, cycling, rowing,
For running activity, we also have conventional motorised treadmill as well
as two custom-developed non-motorised treadmill ergometers which are valuable
for assessment of sprint running performance.
For cycling, we have around 12
stationary ergometers and one programmable electronic 'Lode' ergometer which
replicates the feel and positions of outdoor cycling. The responses to exercise
on these machines are assessed by a wide range of technologically advanced
These analyses allow to make full assessment and description of the body's
response to all kinds of exericse performance from a wide range of perspectives.
For example, our more advanced procedures allow us to assess the respiratory
responses to exercise on a breath-by-breath basis, the oxygen levels in specific
muscles (by 'near-infrared spectroscopy'), the cardiovascular responses to
exercise and the changes of a wide range of parameters which are assessed from
blood samples in the adjoiing Biochemistry laboratory.
In laboratory 2, we focus on the performance of high intensity exercise and
it is here where the assessment of muscle strength, power and speed tend to be
performed with equipment that assesses these variables using weight-training
activity (smith machine), sprint running, sprint cycling and swimming (via a
The analyses that are possible from this laboratory inform us
about the specific muscles that are used during a range of activites
(electromyography), as well as the instantaneous application of power and force
during strength training activity, sprint running and maximal cycling.