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The Institute for Research Excellence in Sport and Exercise (IRESE)

Our Infrastructure and Facilities

The combined research activities of IRESE are supported by major capital investment. Since 2008, in excess of £1.4 million has been committed to maintain and enhance the infrastructure, facilities and research-related equipment. These new facilities include a cardio-vascular research laboratory (~£250k), Vicon F40 12 camera system and Optotrak Certus System S-type (£186k), two neuromuscular strength and conditioning testing laboratories (£45k), the upgrading of an existing Environmental Chamber (£65k), a new Altitude Chamber (£80k), Vivid E9 Ultrasound system (£75k), and two CODA Sport CXS Sensor Units and System (£40k).

Together, the facilities to support research include: nine exercise physiology laboratories; two environmental chambers; a dual energy X-ray absorptiometry laboratory; an underwater weighing laboratory for body composition assessments; a cell biology laboratory; a biochemistry laboratory; a 12-camera motion analysis laboratory; three motor control and learning laboratories; nine performance analysis and psychology laboratories; a psychophysiology and electrocardiography suite; and a social psychology/live-in laboratory.

There are also two biomechanics laboratories as well as the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff, which was purpose-built to accommodate biomechanics research.