Fitness testing for sportsmen and women

Compare yourself to the champions with our sport science service

We can assess your fitness levels for your sport, highlight areas of strengths and weaknesses so you can set goals to improve your sporting performance.

The sport science service has highly qualified and experienced staff, accredited with the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, providing sports science support in areas including cycling, swimming, running and rowing.

We use the best available measures to assess your fitness levels – that means your results can be compared to Olympic and world champion athletes.

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Sport science staff
Sport science

Matthew Weston PhD, MSc, BSc (Hons)
Dr Matthew Weston is a BASES accredited sport and exercise scientist with over 12 years' experience of providing sports science support to elite-level athletes.
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Matt Portas
Matt is a professional member of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Science and the UK Strength and Conditioning Association. He has extensive experience supporting to elite athlete populations.
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Jonathan Taylor
Jonathan's area of expertise is sport and exercise physiology and he has experience of providing physiological support to endurance athletes and also team sports players.
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Appointments
We can work around your schedule. The sport science service is open 9.00am-9.00pm Monday-Friday. We can also offer weekend assessments.
E: sportscienceservice@tees.ac.uk

Compare yourself to the champions

We use the best available measures to assess your fitness levels. This enables your results to be compared to those recorded by olympic and world champion athletes.

Remove the guess work from your training

Not only do you receive a full report detailing your test results but we also highlight your strengths and areas for improvement, along with a prescription of training sensitive zones (speeds, heart rates) based on your results from the data we collect.

Relationship beyond the assessment

Our service does not start and stop on the day of your assessment. We work with you before the assessment to understand your expectations and goals of your visit. Then we want to help you get the most out of your assessment – the next steps to take – ongoing support with your training.

Qualified and skilled testers

The team is highly qualified and accredited by the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES). In addition our testers have a wealth of experience providing sports science support to a diverse range of athletes from a variety of different sports.

World class facilities

Our facilities at Teesside University are world class. We have three exercise laboratories, fully equipped for all measurements of fitness. Whatever your sport we are able to test you on equipment specific to your activity - including running, cycling, rowing and swimming.

Choose from three levels of service

Physiological assessment

Gold (£150 + VAT)

  • body composition assessment, blood lactate threshold assessment, running economy assessment, VO2max assessment, HRmax assessment
  • report detailing the test results, strengths and areas for improvement, and implications for future training programmes
  • assessment and effectiveness of your current training regime

Silver (£100 + VAT)

  • body composition assessment, blood lactate threshold assessment , running economy assessment
  • report detailing the test results, strengths and areas for improvement, and implications for future training programmes
  • assessment and effectiveness of your current training regime

Bronze (£75 + VAT)

  • body composition assessment, VO2max assessment, HRmax assessment
  • report detailing the test results, strengths and areas for improvement, and implications for future training programmes
  • assessment and effectiveness of your current training regime

Biomechanical assessment

Gold (£150 + VAT)

  • basic movement screen
  • video in the frontal and saggital plane
  • qualitative analysis of freeze frame images at key moments
  • quantitative analysis of freeze frame images at key moments - joint angles and phase duration
  • lower body power analysis, max power, plyometric power and inter-limb comparison.

Silver (£100 + VAT)

  • basic movement screen
  • video in the frontal and saggital plane
  • qualitative analysis of freeze frame images at key moments
  • quantitative analysis of freeze frame images at key moments - joint angles and phase duration

Bronze (£75 + VAT)

  • basic movement screen
  • video in the frontal and saggital plane
  • qualitative analysis of freeze frame images at key moments

*Feedback - a detailed report is available within 24 hours.

Functional Movement Screening

Teesside University Sport Science Service is offering the opportunity for a group of athletes to come in for a Functional Movement Screen.

The functional movement screen is a non-invasive process that looks at the performance of seven fundamental movement patterns that form the basis of human movement. The purpose of the screen is to identify any limitations in mobility and stability which may lead to performing sports inefficiently or in a way which may result in injury.

The screen is useful for sportsmen and women of all ages and from all sports who are looking to improve performance while reducing the risk of injury by improving their movement mechanics. The screen is a very useful tool for individuals returning from injury looking to reduce the risk of recurring injuries caused by inefficient biomechanics.

Performed under the supervision of expert sports scientists at the University, the testing session lasts approximately 20 minutes – following this a written report will be provided which identifies strengths and areas for improvement and provides information on how to improve these areas. In addition video footage will be provided.

This process can serve as a basis for individuals looking to introduce strength work in to their training, while informing those that already include strength work within their training whether they are focusing on the right things.

  • For just £400 +VAT a group of 10* can book in for a screening assessment. (*This can be adjusted depending on the size of the group.
  • We can also offer individual assessments for £45 +VAT.
  • The lab is open from 9.00am to 9.00pm Monday to Friday. We can also do Saturday assessments, from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Please contact us at sportscienceservice@tees.ac.uk to make a booking.

Testimonials for the Sport Science Service

Stacey Smith - Great Britain 1,500m runner
'The facilities at Teesside University have been a key aspect to my training and progression. I have found V02 max testing and blood sampling key to my performance as an athlete. The continuous monitoring gives me information on whether I’m training effectively, training to hard or not enough. Physiological testing allows me to identify my fitness levels at important times of the season and adapt my training in order to continue improving.'

Mick Proud – tri-athlete
'I wholeheartedly recommend Teesside University Sport Science Service. The whole experience was fantastic with first class support prior to my test so that I knew exactly what to expect on the day. The testing facility was superb and the environment was relaxed, welcoming and ultimately professional. The testing process was straight forward and once the preliminary tests were out of the way the work began

After the test I was briefed on my initial results - I found this really helpful - it was excellent to get this feedback immediately. Within 24 hours I was emailed the detailed testing report with a full explanation of my results. I was encouraged to get in touch with the department to discuss any aspects of the results. After studying my report I had an extremely informative exchange relating to my training regime and was encouraged to get in touch if I had any further queries or required more information. I now feel supremely confident that each training session is being performed in the correct training zone - any ambiguity has been removed thanks to the physiological assessment provided by Teesside University. It's a first class service and an invaluable asset for athletes of all abilities'

Martin Winstone - cyclist
'I booked in for a session with some apprehension - I am not an elite athlete. However, I was treated with fantastic professionalism and courtesy, was made to feel welcome and had a great time even though I was made to work hard. I feel that the advice, commentary and report have helped me in my training and that with support I will continue to improve.'

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