Exercise Sciences research laboratories

Our department has a range of specialist laboratories working in Exercise Sciences research.

Exercise Sciences students in the Laboratory

Biomechanics Laboratory

Our biomechanics laboratory is fully equipped to collect and analyse almost any aspect of human movement.

We have an 8-camera 3D motion capture system (Vicon MX system) combined with force plates and an EMG system, which allows the collection of both 3D kinematic and kinetic data for any movements.

We collaborate with neurologists, surgeons, radiologists, biologists and bioengineers, providing our students with practical experience in a variety of clinical and functional aspects of biomechanics.

Neuromechanics research also takes place in the biomechanics laboratory.

Clinical Exercise Physiology Research Laboratories

The researchers in our clinical exercise physiology laboratory study the adaptive responses which occur in human cardiopulmonary, vascular, neural, musculoskeletal and metabolic systems.

They use a variety of methods and approaches, ranging from basic science and experimental investigations through to clinical trials.

Exercise Nutrition and Neurometabolism Laboratory

We investigate brain fatigue and examine interventions that improve brain health and performance.

Our research uncovers the brain’s role in controlling metabolism. We manipulate the body’s energy reserves and oxygen supply in the laboratory to discover the mechanisms involved in these processes.

Exercise and Muscle Physiology Laboratory

Research in this laboratory seeks to discover and explain the physiological processes and regulation of skeletal muscle adaptation to physical exercise or inactivity.

Movement Neuroscience Laboratory

The movement neuroscience laboratory performs research in the fields of neurophysiology, neurorehabilitation, neuromodulation, neural plasticity, neuromechanics and human brain imaging.

We have a particular focus on after-stroke motor function recovery and movement disorders such as dystonia and Parkinson’s disease.