ECU Health and High Performance
The ECU Health and High Performance Centre is a state-of-the-art sports facility which features top line physiological testing equipment. Aligned with the West Coast Eagles Football Club and West Coast Health, the Health and High Performance Centre will provide assessments of body composition, bone morphology, dynamic strength testing, aerobic fitness, strength, power and balance to elite and sub-elite athletes as well as the general public. All tests will be conducted by our resident Sport Scientist, Callum McCaskie.
VO2 Max Testing
Aerobic fitness will be assessed through VO2 max testing.
What is VO2 Max Testing?
VO2 Max, also known as maximal oxygen uptake, is the measurement of the maximal amount of oxygen that your body can intake, transport around your body and utilise. Basically, it measures how efficient your body is at utilising oxygen for exercise. It is the most accurate test available for measuring your aerobic fitness. VO2 Max is measured in millilitres of oxygen used in one minute, per kilogram of body weight (ml/kg/min).
What does the test involve?
The VO2 max test is an incremental laboratory test conducted using a specially designed treadmill. The test usually lasts 10-20 minutes where the intensity of the exercise slowly increases every minute until fatigue, whereby the test is stopped and the VO2 max score is calculated. The participant will be wearing a mouthpiece so oxygen consumption can be recorded.
Your results will be explained to you following your test. They will identify your optimal training zones in which to work to improve your aerobic fitness.
The appointment is 60 minutes in length and the cost is $150 and can be booked online.
Resting Metabolic Rate Testing
Ever wanted to know how much energy your body uses per day?
The Resting Metabolic Rate (RMR) Testing will identify how much energy your body expends at rest.
This will allow you to understand how much energy (via food) you will need to consume to meet your daily energy demands.
RMR Testing is very beneficial for weight management and provides great insight for those individuals who are looking at losing or gaining weight.
The test involves lying down for 30 minutes in a relaxed state, breathing through a mouthpiece. Participants should have fasted for 4 hours and have not exercised in the previous 12 hours to ensure results are accurate.
The appointment is 40 minutes in length and the cost is $100. Results will be discussed at the conclusion of the test.
Strength and Power Assessment
A universal assessment of strength and power will be assessed using specially designed Force Platforms and a Biodex which is an isokinetic testing machine.
The Force Platform will allow the assessment of strength and power and the imbalances and asymmetries that exist between limbs. Through administering a variety of jumps and isometric holds on the plate, we will be able to gather vital information about the strength and power of your lower body. The protocol will involve countermovement jumps, squat jumps and isometric holds in both squat and calf-raised positions.
The Biodex then allows us to assess the strength and power of your hamstring and quadricep while applying constant resistance at various speeds and ranges of motion. It provides crucial information about the strength and power differences between limbs and the strength ratio between hamstring and quadricep.
The session is 60 minutes in length and the cost is $160.
Neurocom Smart Balance Master
Balance, dizziness and falls risk testing can be performed using the Neurocom Smart Balance Master. The Neurocom provides objective assessment of balance with regards to sensory and voluntary motor control. Testing is performed on a variable surface which can be stable or unstable in combination with a constant or dynamic visual environment.