Transforming Sport Performance

In September we shared news of how AECC University College teams had worked collaboratively to bring to life a new, inspiring learning space for our students: Transforming Learning Spaces. This has received fabulous feedback from student's new and old, staff and our community of health professionals.

This month we are excited to let you all know about the latest developments in our Sport Performance Centre.

The update on the recent transformation of this space comes from Phill Heritage Sport and Exercise Scientist at AECC University College with particular expertise in physiology and Course Leader for our BSc Sport Science and BSc Sport Exercise and Health Science.

The Sport Performance Centre is a sport and rehabilitation centre suitable for those that wish to bring their 'A' game to Sport Performance. This may include those undertaking a specific sporting challenge, elite athletes, sport professionals or our student athletes supported through AECC University College Sport Scholarship Scheme.

We took pleasure in taking delivery of an HPCosmos Quasar Treadmill in the centres Human Performance Laboratory. This research-grade treadmill allows us to accurately measure fitness in the general public all the way up to the best runners, as well as collect accurate data for research purposes. Achieving speeds of 40kph and capable of an incline and decline of 25% it opens up a variety of possibilities for research, testing and athlete support.

The treadmill can be used in combination with our new Vyaire CPX breath-by-breath analyser which makes VO2 max testing and lactate profiling available as well as clinical grade respiratory testing. This is effective in assessing clinical outcomes as well as measuring fitness and aiding the creation of bespoke health and performance training programmes ensuring a high degree of accuracy.

Also within the centre is our Monark Performance bike, which allows us to measure leg power in athletes as well as perform regular exercise testing with the general public. Meanwhile, the new Concept2 SkiErg has already been in use over the summer as part of our partnership with the Armed Forces Para Snowsport Team to test GB Winter Paraolympians.

Student experience is at the heart of all that we do here at AECC University College, this sport performance equipment will directly impact the students’ learning as they gain experience on top of the range, performance related and widely used equipment, conducting testing and implementing training methods with contemporary analysis techniques.

Students have already benefited from running a 'Bruce Protocol' on one of their peers while measuring oxygen consumption and blood oxygen saturation on the treadmill. Along with raising our students' experience, these pieces of equipment will also increase our service provision for members of the public, sport professionals and students using the Sport Performance Centre as a patient. 

For more details on how we can help you and your team, your patients with sport performance and rehabilitation testing email