Sports Science and Medicine
  • Last updated:
  • 19 Oct 2017
Australian Institute of Sport Approved Testing Program

The University of the Sunshine Coast can perform a number of sport, exercise and pool testing services.The sport and exercise science laboratories on campus are accredited by the Australian Institute of Sport in their National Sport Science Quality Assurance program (NSSQA), and offer physiological and anthropometric testing to individuals and teams.

Services offered:


  • Anthropometry: ISAK Restricted Profile ISAK Full Profile
  • Physiological Capacity and Power: Incremental Lactate - VO2max with Lactate Wingate Anaerobic Capacity
  • Biomechanical Analysis and Anaeroobic Capacity: Technique/ performance analysis - ORCA (Video Swim Tracker) Lactate testing consumables only


Testing is usually completed in a group block of tests over 2 hours. 

  • 20 & 40 metre sprints: Sprint performance is measured on a track surface with single-beam electronic timing gates. Splits can be provided for 5, 10, 15 and 20 metres. 
  • 5-0-5 agility: This is a measure of the ability to rapidly change direction on a horizontal plane. Athletics begin 10 metres behind the timing gates, sprint through the gates, turn 5 metres past the gates and sprint back through. 
  • Vertical jump: Reach height and vertical jump height are measured using a pole with mobile vanes at 1cm increments. 
  • Abdominal Strength Stage Test: is a graded test for abdominal strength. Each of the seven stages become progressively more difficult by placing increasing stress on the abdominals as the positions of the hands and arms are modified. The aim is to accomplish as many stages as possible. 
  • Chin-ups: A chin-up bar is mounted 2.5 metres and athletes are supervised for chin-up technique and number of repetitions. 
  • Beep test: This is a multi-stage fitness test used to assess aerobic power, it is also known as the 20 metre Shuttle Run Test. A number of athletes can complete the test at one time and the final stage completed by each athlete can be used to estimate their VO2max. 
  • Sit and reach: Hamstring flexibility is measured using a standardised sit and reach box.