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Human Performance Laboratory

The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) is a purpose-built state-of-the art teaching and research facility, which contains an extensive range of biomechanical and physiological equipment.

human performance labThe HPL is primarily used for sport science research and teaching, however also covers a wide-range of sciences such as physiotherapy, podiatry and prosthetics & orthotics.

Teaching in the HPL includes BSc (Hons) Sports Science, BSc (Hons) Sport Rehabilitation, BSc (Hons) Exercise, Physical Activity and Health, MSc Strength and Conditioning, MSc Sports Injury Rehabilitation, MSc Trauma & Orthopaedics and MSc Advancing Physiotherapy.

The HPL contains the latest equipment for sport science, including:

Biomechanics

  • 10 Qualisys ProReflex cameras which provide three-dimensional motion capture of a variety of activities including running gait, walking gait and the triple jump. Also a Qualisys Oqus 6 camera set-up for three-dimensional motion capture of activities such as weight lifting and squash. These systems are used with 9 AMTI force plates built into the HPL floor to provide ground reaction forces
  • A portable Kistler force plate to measure ground reaction forces, balance and proprioception
  • Two portable ultrasound scanners used to study skeletal muscles, tendons and ligaments
  • Five Casio Exilim EX-F1 cameras, which provide high-speed filming
  • Three surface electromyography (EMG) systems, including both wired and wireless systems, used to measure muscle activity. The EMG systems are 2, 6 and 8 channel systems
  • A Fitness Technology Ballistic Measurement System with an integrated one-direction force plate and displacement transducer to test various aspects of weight lifting and power
  • KinCom and Biodex isokinetic dynamometers, for rehabilitation, strength testing and injury diagnostics
  • Brower Timing Gate Systems which are regularly used on a 25 metre running track to test speed and agility of Lancashire County Cricket Club, Sale Sharks and Salford City Reds as part of our partnerships
  • A Wattbike to provide various measurements within cycling such as, power and left and right leg power contributions.

Physiology

  • Portable and static online gas analysis systems for breath-by-breath cardiopulmonary exercise testing, including VO2 max tests
  • Wingate cycle ergometers to test anaerobic capacity and power
  • A Lode Cycle Ergometer to provide isokinetic testing conditions within cycling
  • An Analox G37 Multi-Assay Blood Analyser to study blood lactate concentration. We also have a range of field based Lactate Pro analysers, which have been used to test professional athletes as part of our partnerships
  • We also have a range of other testing equipment including Polar heart monitors, blood pressure monitors, hand grip dynamometers and a range of body composition equipment including Harpenden skinfold callipers, bio-electrical impedance analysers and a Bodymetrix system which incorporates ultrasound technology.

human performance labThe Human Performance Laboratory also houses a BATAK Lite reaction timer for psychological testing and CompEat nutritional analysis software.

If you are a school or college who have a range of sports science students wanting to attend a sport specific day at the University of Salford, contact Christine Smith to arrange a visit of our Human Performance Laboratory and Strength and Conditioning Suite.

If you have an injury or ongoing chronic problem we offer a full range of rehabilitation services in both the Sports Injury Clinic and Podiatry Clinic.