Centre for Human performance

Knowledge exchange between academic researchers and policy and practice communities is crucial to developing evidence-informed systems. This ethos has inspired our innovative, integrated research-practice model; developed and implemented with various professional sports clubs, national governing bodies and organisations.

Elite sports people and endurance professionals continue to push through the perceived limits of human performance. We are a multidisciplinary team focused on developing evidence-informed policy and practice, to support optimising physical performance while protecting athletes’ wellbeing.

Our research spans basic science conducted in our laboratories through to translational science on the track, on the pitch and in the mountains.

Although we are interested in optimising human performance, we believe this should never compromise wellbeing and welfare. Therefore, our research also offers a critical understanding of the psychosocial, moral and cultural dimensions of sport.

We provide a range of consultancy and applied services to meet your needs focussing on developing human performance and well-being.

Our team has expertise that spans:

  • Sport and exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Psychology
  • Perceptual-motor control
  • Orthopaedic medicine
  • Nutrition
  • Biochemistry

State-of-the-Art facilities

home of sport

The University has invested £45m in a state-of-the-art building providing an iconic home for the Carnegie School of Sport, housing specialist teaching and research laboratories. The facility provides a focus for the School’s undergraduate, postgraduate, research and enterprise programmes. It will also act as a hub for elite athletes, teams and industry partners.

The building includes the following laboratories; Exercise Physiology, Cardiovascular, Respiratory, Human movement, Body Composition (including dual energy x-ray absorptiometry), Biochemistry, Histology, Psychology, Human behaviour, Hot and Cold water Immersion, Nutritional Education, as well as two Extreme environmental chambers, Alter-G, Physiotherapy clinic, Performance analysis suites, Health and well-being studio, Indoor running track and Strength and conditioning area.

contact Professor John o'Hara