High Performance Sport Centre

High Performance Sport Centre

Working with you to tailor high performance services to suit your needs.

Based at UniSA’s City East campus, the High Performance Sport Centre offers state-of-the-art exercise science testing and analysis services to suit a range of needs catering to elite and amateur athletes both individuals and teams. Appointments are essential.


VO2 max/sub max testing: Maximum aerobic power (VO2max) is the maximal rate that oxygen can be utilised by the body during exercise. It is usually measured in litres per minute (L/min), when the body weight is supported such as in cycling or rowing, or in millilitres per min pre kilogram of body weight (mL/min/kg) when the weight is not supported (such as running).

The measurement of the rate of oxygen uptake (aerobic energy expenditure) is one of the most widely used laboratory measures in the area of exercise science. VO2max is a reflection of the maximal rate of ATP production using aerobic energy pathways and is highly correlated to work rate that can be sustained for about 6 minutes or more

Lactate threshold:  The link between success in endurance sports and VO2max is well recognised. However, there is an even tighter relationship between the VO2 or speed at lactate threshold and endurance performance. The measurement of blood lactate transition thresholds are therefore routinely taken in order to monitor, prescribe and predict aerobic performance.

There is a consistent nomenclature used throughout the sports institute system. This allows athletes to travel among the institutes and to be tested in a consistent way. It also helps the athletes and coaches to understand the testing and terminology and to have confidence in the testing systems run throughout the country. It is also important for talent identification and team selection where standardisation is critical.

Humac norm/Isokinetic testing: Being the latest product from the CSMI in the isokinetic range, the Humac norm offers seven different primary measurement and exercise solutions which can assess and improve your mobility, control, stability and strength. Isokinetic testing can be used to identify strengths and weaknesses in any movement, at any joint in the body, and can be used to inform training prescription. Additionally, Isokinetic testing can be used as a tool to establish injury risk in certain muscles, established by state-of-the-art research findings.

Mechanical Efficiency and Maximal accumulated oxygen deficit: Mechanical Efficiency during exercise is the ratio of work output to work input during physical activity. We can assist athletes become more efficient with the least amount of effort. This testing can also be used to determine the refuelling requirements during exercise based on the amount of energy consumed during exercise and the types of fuels consumed. This information can be used in conjunction with an Accredited Sports Dietician to develop feeding strategies relevant to competition. Additionally, maximal accumulated oxygen deficit is one of the most effective ways to measure anaerobic capacity.

Strength profiling: Our strength profiling will help identify your strengths and weaknesses and we can help you improve specific qualities to enhance sport performance.

Anthropometric profiling: Anthropometric measurements include assessments such as the size, shape structure, height, weight and composition of the human body. A full anthropometric profile can be created to provide information on sport specific body dimensions that can inform training prescription or strategy. Additionally, a full anthropometric profile can include measurement of skinfolds, which can be used to determine body fat and fat free mass percentage.

Field testing-offsite: These assessments will normally take place in an environment that is similar to where your sport is performed. Testing will be tailored to your needs and can include vertical jump tests, sprint tests and multistage shuttle run tests to assess speed, power and endurance.


Anthropometric profiling $150
Field testing - offsite (2 hours) ( Min 2 hrs at $200 per hour) $400
Humac norm/Isokinetic testing $200
Lactate threshold $200
Mechanical efficiency $125
Mechanical efficiency and Maximal accumulated oxygen deficit $175
Strength profiling $150
VO2 max testing $175
VO2 submax testing   $100


If you are interested in a combination of our services, we can tailor packages to suit individual or group needs. We can also provide professional advice on the most suitable test for you or your team.


Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

If you need to reschedule your appointment, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance (a cancellation fee of $20 will apply for appointments cancelled within 24 hours).

UniSA City East Campus

Telephone: (08) 8302 2078
Fax: (08) 8302 1428
Email: hpsc@unisa.edu.au

UniSA City East campus
Level 2, Centenary Building (Room C2-08)
Corner of North Terrace and Frome Road
Adelaide SA 5000

Clinic days
Monday, Wednesday-Friday
(please contact us for opening hours).

Car parking
The clinic has one permit park available on campus for clients with mobility issues. Please speak with the clinic reception regarding this car park when scheduling your appointment.


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