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Foundation Degree Sports Students Visit Performance Lab

Our Sports Studies Foundation degree students were invited to attend a GlaxoSmithKline Human Performance Lab Sport Science and Nutrition session at their elite lab facility in Brentside.

The afternoon consisted of a gourmet spread of healthy lunch options followed by guest speakers, including Wendy Martinson OBE (Head of Nutrition at The English Institute of Sport) and Dame Kelly Homes (2004 Olympic gold medallist in the 800m and 1500m), after which the students were treated to a tour of the lab facilities.

Showcased at the lab were the bespoke testing facilities available to elite athletes. This included a physiology lab with a treadmill worth £280,000 designed to allow athletes to reach their highest physical limits, requiring them to be harnessed into position. There was also a climate lab designed to replicate a variety of conditions, with a range of temperatures from 50  ̊C to -30  ̊C and even the capacity to produce snow. The facility also boasted a water lab, which included an underwater treadmill, designed to aid athlete’s rehabilitation after injury.

Of the experience, student Joel Adjei said: "It was interesting to hear the thoughts of both a sports nutritionist and an elite athlete on the importance of correct practice. It was also great to see the cutting edge facilities used in the high end laboratory."

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