Research environment and facilities

The Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences Research Unit is housed in the Alfred Russell Wallace Building. This has vastly improved the research environment providing staff with access to specialist purpose-built exercise science laboratories and complementary analytical infrastructure offered by the allied sciences of chemistry, biology and forensic science including HPLC, GC-MS-MS and NMR.

The University has also invested £3.7 million in specialist sports facilities and purpose-built laboratories that constitute the USW Sport Park housing specialist hardware such as CODA 3-D motion analysis system, ASL mobile-eye and force platform which tour researchers take full advantage of.

Our modern state-of-the-art facilities include:

Biochemical analysis

  • UV-spectrophotometry
  • HPLC, GC-MS-MS
  • real-time PCR
  • flash photolysis
  • EPR spectrometer
  • centrifuges


Vascular function

  • transcranial Doppler
  • endothelial function and arterial stiffness
  • echocardiogaphy
  • 12 and 3-lead electrocardiograms (ECG)


Body composition

  • whole-body MRI scanner
  • underwater weighing
  • bioelectrical impedance analysers
  • anthropometry


Exercise physiology

  • multiple 'on-line’ breath-by-breath metabolic carts (Medgraphics and Jaeger analysers)
  • 'off-line’ metabolic analysis using Douglas bags
  • anaerobic performance (Wingate systems)
  • jump mats and photoelectric cells
  • blood lactate, haematocrit and haemoglobin analysis
  • electromyography (EMG)
  • strength assessment – isokinetic bench and free weights
  • force platform
  • treadmills, cycle, arm and rowing ergometers
  • sprint treadmill

The Research Unit also has a state-of-the-art environmental chamber and food science laboratory.