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Sports Services

At the University Arena we pride ourselves on being able to offer a wide range of sports specific support to cater for all of your needs.

Please find below examples of packages which are available, quotations are available on request. Contact April White on april.white@worc.ac.uk for further information. 

Strength and Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning is not just about lifting weights, it encompasses many areas that can impact on an athlete's performance, including agility, core stability, muscular endurance, speed and flexibility. We can offer a Strength and Conditioning consultancy service, in which detailed assessments can be made and programs tailored to suit the individual needs of each athlete. There is a brand new Strength and Conditioning suite installed at the Arena.  

Sports Therapy

We offer three different sports therapy packages.

1. First Aid - This includes a fully qualified first aider and the provision of a first aid kit.

2. Pre-event preparation - This package includes a fully qualified first aider (including provision of a first aid kit), massage / stretching and taping.

3. Injury assessment / treatment / rehabilitation / functional movement screening (injury prevention) - For sports camps we would provide the injury clinic for 1 hour a day, preparation 2 hours a day and first aid throughout the day. FMS will need to be pre-booked and is only available for extended events. 

Motion Analysis

With full kinematic and kinetic results available, 3D movement analysis conducted in our Motion Analysis Lab is a powerful tool to improve performance, and aid coaching. Using small lightweight passive markers, human movement can be easily tracked during practically any sport. Previous work conducted in the Motion Analysis Lab has included the assessment of numerous sporting techniques, including free throws in basketball and bowling actions in cricket.  

Performance Assessment

For those with a desire to enhance their sport or exercise performance, we can offer a number of performance assessments for individual athletes and teams. These assessments can be used to measure current fitness levels and enable prescription of appropriate training programmes. Individual performance assessments available include VO2 Max and Lactate Threshold and are conducted by BASES accredited staff. For teams, we can offer a battery of physiological fitness tests to measure characteristics such as flexibility and speed. 

Sport Performance Analysis

We also offer a video and match analysis service for a wide range of sports. Using a variety of performance analysis software, including Swinger, Quintic, Dartfish, Sportscode Elite and ProZone, team and individual performance can be analysed in order to inform the coaching process and ultimately improve performance. The type of analysis can be tailored to meet the needs of the individual and / or team.

Joint Assessment

The Isokinetic Dynamometer is a testing and rehabilitation system capable of measuring range of isolated joint movement patterns in four resistance modes: isokinetic, isometric, isotonic and passive. Parameters tested include strength, power, fatigue and imbalance. Muscles can be tested both eccentrically and concentrically at speeds ranging from slow (15 degrees per second) to fast (500 degrees per second), however the most appropriate test will be selected based on client history and requirements. Joints able to tested are shoulder, elbow, wrist, hip, knee and ankle. 

Sports Nutrition

Nutrition is an important factor in any exercise or sporting performance, be it at recreational, sub-elite or elite level. We can offer a range of Sports Nutrition workshops and one-to-one consultations to help athletes have a better understanding of the impact of diets on performance. Following the completion of a seven day food diary, dietary analysis can be conducted using specialist nutritional analysis software. Detailed feedback on diet and it's potential impact on performance is supplied, as well as providing a series of nutritional recommendations. 

Sport Psychology

Sports Psychology is an interesting and important aspect of sport which can frequently make the difference between winning and losing. Coaches and athletes alike can learn how to improve mental skills such as dealing with the pressure of a big game, managing nerves, capitalising on an opponent's lapse in concentration, or how to use mental skills to learn new techniques, strategies or patterns of play. Sport Psychology can help educate and raise awareness in both athletes and coaches to some issues that may be hindering their performance. We can offer Sport Psychology support in the form of consultation on a one-to-one or small group basis or alternatively, workshops can be delivered to meet your club / group requirements.