Scientific Testing and Research Facilities

Human Performance Unit

Human Performance Unit‌

The Human Performance Unit uses our unique facilities and expertise in the area of Human Performance and Environmental Physiology. We have assisted sports people from recreational level to multiple Olympic Champions and helped many individuals prepare for challenging environments. Services available include both Physiological Assessment and Heat Acclimation.

Physiological Assessment packages

Bronze Assessment Testing Package and Report (£108)

Silver Assessment Testing Package and Report (£162)

    • Sub-maximal exercise test (lactate threshold, heart rate training zones, economy/efficiency)
    • Maximal incremental exercise test (ventilatory threshold and VO2max)
    • Silver information sheet

Gold Assessment Testing Package and Report (£222)

    • Basic haematology (haemoglobin and haematocrit)
    • Body composition (restricted ISAK profile)
    • Sub-maximal exercise test (lactate threshold, heart rate training zones, economy/efficiency, fatmax)
    • Maximal incremental exercise test (VO2max)
    • Gold information sheet

Heat Acclimation Packages

The ability to perform prolonged exercise is impaired in hot environments. However, repeated frequent exposure to a hot environment enables an individual to adapt and is generally the most effective tool for improving performance in the heat. Heat acclimation, that is the adaption to heat in the laboratory, consists of elevating your deep body temperature to approximately 38.5°C through exercising in a hot environment and then maintaining it at this elevated level for 60-90 min. For more information refer to the Heat acclimation information sheet.

Sessions include:

  • Exercise at 35 °C guided and supervised by a sports scientist
  • Body temperature and heart rate monitoring
  • Fluid loss and sweat rates

Heat acclimation packages 

  • 3 x 90 min heat chamber sessions (from £70 per session per athlete)
  • 5 x 90 min heat chamber sessions (from £66 per session per athlete)

 

Contact Us

For further details of the packages offered by the Human Performance Unit or to discuss any individual requirements please contact humanperformanceunit@port.ac.uk