Newcastle College opens £20k sports science lab
STUDENTS will be able to test the fitness and health levels of athletes using Olympic-standard equipment after their college opened a £20,000 sports science laboratory.
The new high-tech facilities at Newcastle College will be used by students so they can gain firsthand experience of the world of sport and exercise science.
It includes a Wingate bike, a Servomex gas analysis machine, equipment for blood lactate testing, an ultrasonic body analyser and a heart rate monitoring system.
This type of fitness equipment was used by Team GB athletes in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
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Now students will be putting it through its paces by testing the fitness facilities on the college's own elite athletes, who belong to an academy of sport.
The new sports science lab is based at the college's Gordon Banks Sports Centre.
Shelley Brown, curriculum manager for sport, said: "Students will gain practical expertise in the key science areas of applied physiology, nutrition, biomechanics and performance analysis.
"The equipment then collates data on computers, allowing students to enhance their communication, numeracy and ICT skills as well as interpersonal skills."
The academy of sport includes a programme for elite sports performance, as well as opportunities for students to become sports volunteers.