Sports Science and Research

The University of Waikato Laboratory

The University of Waikato's laboratory is staffed by academic professionals specialising in environmental physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, strength and conditioning and biochemistry. Staff will be assisted by postgraduate research students based at the facility.

The lab provides specialist testing services to both team sport and endurance athletes such as cyclists, triathletes, rowers, kayakers and runners. Within the laboratory is the environmental chamber.

SPORT SCIENCE SERVICES

The University of Waikato Sports Science lab provides specialist measurement services to both team sport and athletes.

Athletes can visit the High Performance Centre to gain an insight into their current physiological status using measures of anaerobic/aerobic capacity and efficiency, speed, agility, strength and power. This information can be used to set training zones, monitor performance and to guide training programmes to ensure athletes are training efficiently and effectively.

Environmental Chamber for heat and/or altitude training (hire rate of chamber for 1 hour)

Item

Heat Acclimation

Altitude Acclimation

Combined Altitude/Heat Acclimation


*Minimum number of 5 sessions and 6 athletes per session.

Cost

$115/hour*

$115/hour*

$138/hour*

Assessments (price is per assessment)

Item

VO2 max Assessment

Lactate Profile Assessment

Metabolic Efficiency Test (MET)

Combined VO2 max, Lactate and Economy Assessment

Metabolic Efficiency and Lactate Profile Assessment

Cost

$160

$180

$200

$220

$240
Specialist packages can be designed for schools wishing to provide their students with unique education offerings in an applied high performance setting.

Field Testing Costs and Description

The costs below are per session.

Item

Speed Testing
Speed testing using timing lights (up to 20 athletes per session)

Change of Direction Testing
Change of direction testing using timing lights (up to 20 athletes per session)

Jump Testing
Vertical and horizontal jump testing (up to 20 athletes per session)

Speed and Jump Testing
Speed and jump testing (up to 20 athletes per session)

Aerobic Field Testing
May include yo-yo intermittent recovery test, shuttle run, 30-15 or a repeated sprint test (up to 20 athletes per session)

Comprehensive Field Testing
Speed, jump and aerobic field testing (up to 20 athletes per session)

Strength Testing
Upper and lower body maximum strength endurance testing (up to 15 athletes per session)

Cost

$115


$115



$115


$200


$115



$250


$115

Bio-Mechanical Assessments

The costs below are per session.

Item

Dynamic Balance
Dynamic balance and muscle asymmetry testing (up to 10 athletes per session)

Isometric Strength
Lower body strength testing using force plates (up to 10 athletes per session)

Explosive Athlete Assessment
Force-velocity-power profiling using force plates and position transducers (up to 5 athletes per session)

Strength and Ballistic Profiling
Maximum strength and ballistic testing (up to 5 athletes per session)

Cost

$115



$115



$115



$115
Specialist packages can be designed for schools wishing to provide their students with unique education offerings in an applied high-performance setting.
For more information about the sport services, contact Stacy Sims at the University of Waikato on ssims@waikato.ac.nz