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Sports Biomechanics Laboratory

Our Sports Biomechanics Laboratory is well equipped, two storey facility, that allows us to carry out a vast number of practical sport and exercise activities.

The Biomechanics Laboratory houses a 10 camera Qualisys Oqus system with eight infra-red cameras permanently fixed on a purpose built camera track and two ‘floating’ cameras that have infra-red and video capabilities

The system is aligned to top of the range QTM and Visual 3D software to enable real time motion capture and complex 3D analysis. This can be synchronised to most of the other equipment available in the lab, which includes a Kistler force platform, two 8 channel EMG kits with electrogoniometers and an acceleration system, an RS Scan Pressure mat, catapult GPS system and Quintic 2D motion capture system.

The lab is also equipped with a Technogym treadmill, Wattbike Pro cycle ergometer and Fusion sport Smart Speed timing system with compatible reactive jump mats. In addition, specific studies occasionally need bespoke equipment, which is designed and developed by Sport and Exercise Science staff and students. To date prototype equipment includes a bespoke cycle ergometer, an equivalent one rep max test rig, bicycle force pedals, instrumentation to measure internal hoof strain, a putter head swing rig and drop test rigs.

We have a ‘hands on’ approach to learning so students have the opportunity to develop practical skills throughout the three years of their degree, which includes at Level 6 the opportunity to learn to use the Qualisys Oqus system. The Lab is also used frequently for master's and research work. Equipment from this lab is also used in field based studies, where data is collected at Preston Sports Arena or other off campus locations.

Detailed Information

Kit List

  • Qualisys 3D Motion Capture System; Kistler force platform; 2 x Biometrics 8 Channel EMG/electrogoniometer systems; Fusion Sport Smart Speed Timing system and Jump Mat; RS Scan Pressure Mat; Catapult GPS System; Quintic 2D Motion Capture System


9.00am – 5.00pm


The Sports Biomechanics Laboratory can be found in 018, 131 of the Darwin Building

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