We have invested in the latest software and equipment so that you have maximum scope to measure and improve performance. Our facilities will propel your learning in sport and exercise sciences.
Our equipment can measure motion, muscle activity and forces on the body during high intensity sports and the activities of daily living. Equipment and techniques include the following:
- 3D motion capture systems including Vicon® systems and Xsens® motion capture suits
- 2D Dartfish® software to capture live action images for coaching feedback
- Movement tracking tools such as Actigraph® and Catapult®
- Delsys® Trigno electromyography equipment to see how the muscles of the body are working
- Kistler® force platforms and Batak® reaction walls to analyse sporting performance
- Novel® Pedar systems to analyse foot pressure
Our laboratories include the most up-to-date equipment for assessing the physiology of human performance. You’ll get hands-on practical experience with the following:
- Polar® Team2 heart rate monitoring system for assessing the heart rates of a full squad of team players in real time
- Cortex® gas analysers to evaluate cardiovascular performance
- Biochemical analysers from Randox®, Jenway® and Gonotec® to measure substances and enzymes within the body
- Myotest® and Globus® equipment to profile your strength and power and develop specific training programmes
- FusionSport® Smartspeed lightgates for assessing speed, agility and reaction times
Anatomy is taught by experienced staff in a specialist clinical lab using skeletons, anatomical models, 3D software, online material and human subjects. You will learn techniques for sports injury rehabilitation, including the use of sports massage and ultrasound equipment.
You will also examine balance and stability using our Biodex® stability and balance trainer and assess strength imbalances using our sophisticated Biodex® dynamometer. You can investigate how new techniques such as thermal imaging are being used in injury assessment with Flir® IR cameras.
In our lab you'll find fitness and conditioning equipment that would be the envy of most modern gyms. From a wide range of cardiovascular equipment to machine and Olympic weights, you will receive hands-on teaching in a professional environment.
The University library has thousands of relevant books, e-books and journal articles, with many more titles available through the inter-library loan service. We subscribe to useful resources such as SPORTDiscus, which provides journal articles, book chapters and summaries about sport, fitness and related disciplines.
This course is based in the Sciences Complex at our City Campus, which has benefited from multi-million pound investments. The IT facilities are excellent and, across the University, there are hundreds of workstations as well as wireless internet access. If you have any computer problems, just ask the friendly helpdesk team.
Students at Sunderland have easy access to some of the best facilities in the region. These include:
- 50m Olympic size swimming pool
- 95m artificial ski slope
- Climbing wall with some of the best route setters in the UK
- Football training pitches at Sunderland AFC’s Academy of Light
- Marine Activities Centre for sailing, canoeing, kayaking and powerboating
- LTA indoor tennis centre with 13 indoor and outdoor courts
- Floodlit athletics tracks
Our City Campus features a state-of-the-art facility called CitySpace. It features:
- Sports hall (suitable for hosting large-scale events)
- Fitness suite/gym
- Injury prevention and support suite
- Fitness classes
- Climbing wall