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.

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).

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    VO2 max/sub max testing: Maximum aerobic power (VO2 max) 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. VO2 max 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 VO2 max 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.

    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. Strength tests include: grip strength, ab strength and mid thigh pull. 

    Body Composition: Body composition includes height, weight and composition of the human body. It may include a body scan which can be used to determine body fat and fat free mass percentage, or hydrodensitometry (underwater weighing) which is the gold standard for measuring body fat 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.

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    Body Composition $175
    Field testing - offsite (2 hours) ( Min 2 hrs at $225 per hour) $450
    Lactate threshold $250
    Mechanical efficiency $200
    Mechanical efficiency and Maximal accumulated oxygen deficit $250
    Strength profiling $175

    VO2 max testing


    VO2 submax testing


    Group sessions

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    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.

Clinic contact details

UniSA City East Campus  

Telephone: (08) 8302 1918 
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 - 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.