training and information

Sports testing facilities

Several centres exist within the UK that can perform specific sports testing; VO2 max, lactate threshold, etc. Most of these are tied to Universities and operate mainly as centres for student research. There are some more specialised centres such as the National Sports Medicine Institute which can offer a "walk-in" testing service -- for a price.

The following list is not exhaustive and we will add centres to it as and when we find out about them.

Kingston University Human Performance Lab

Contact Dr. Ken van Someren, Kingston University, Penhryn Road, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey KT1 2EE. Telephone is (020) 8547 8011 or email

University of Surrey, Roehampton

See their website for details of the Sport Performance Assessment & Research Centre (SPARC)

Oxford Brookes University

They have a BASES (British Association of Sport and Exercise Science) Accredited Human Performance Laboratory offering comprehensive sport science support to both the elite athlete and keen amateur. Visit their website for details.


Sportstest currently offer a nationwide service to triathletes and cyclists, with the same high standard facilities used in Universities and National Centres, but are able to test at a venue suitable for the athlete, eg club house for cycle testing, or private facility with treadmill for run testing. Visit their website for details.

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