School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences

Our facilities

Two women with a model of a human skeleton

Cutting edge facilities

The School of Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences is housed in the Essex Sport Arena on Colchester campus.

Equipped with a range of health and fitness analysis technology, the Arena brings together education, rehabilitation, exercise and research, with facilities ranging from a sports hall the size of three basketball courts to dedicated laboratories for research and a state of the art Sports Therapy clinic.

Physiotherapy labs

We have three dedicated labs for physiotherapy which will be refurbished over summer 2019.

Our large lab spaces provide flexibility for small and large group practical skills training. They contain all the equipment and facilities you need to train as a physiotherapist, including a dedicated neurological and cardiorespiratory rehabilitation space.

When not used for timetabled teaching, the labs are available to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Sports therapy facilities

Sports Therapy is, by nature, a practical profession and therefore a large proportion of the programme is taught in a practical fashion.

Our excellent facilities allow students to learn and practice in an environment specifically designed for sports therapy practice. Our labs and clinic are fully equipped to ensure students are exposed to and are able to freely practice with a wide variety of equipment one could expect to find in any professional clinic or sporting organisation.

We have two dedicated labs for sports therapy training and a sports therapy clinic.

Our Labs

We have 6 specialist labs in the old building:

  • DXA Lab (Dual energy X-ray absorptiometry)
  • Blood Lab (Biochemical Analysis)
  • Human Performance Unit (HPU) Lab (Exercise Performance Testing)
  • Biomechanics lab (Vicon camera system, Force Platform)
  • Physiology Lab (Various blood/Gas and Exercise Physiology Testing
  • Psychology Lab (Behavioural Analysis & Online Survey software)

Our Equipment

We have a large range of equipment across our Sports Science laboratories:


  • Monark Arm crank and cycle
  • Lode Excalibur
  • Wattbike
  • Velotron

Blood Analysis

  • Biosen C line clinic
  • Arkray Lactate Pro/Pro2
  • Hemocue Haemoglobin
  • Accutrend Glucose and Cholesterol
  • Cholestech 

Blood Pressure

  • Portapres
  • Omron
  • IEM Mobil-o-graph

Body Composition

  • Tanita
  • Biostat bio-impedence

Gas analysis

  • Douglas bags
  • Servomex
  • CPX on-line gas analysis
  • Cosmed K4

Electrocardiogram ECG

  • Mortara
  • Delmar Reynolds
  • Cardionetics


  • Kistler
  • AMTI
  • Kin-Com Isokinetic Dynamometer

Hypoxic training system

  • Cloud9

Near infrared spectrophotometer

  • Niro 200
  • Portamon
  • MOXY



  • HP Cosmos Saturn
  • Woodway Curve


  • Hitachi Prosound EO6

Vicon Motion analysis system

Video Analysis

  • 4 x 4k static camera system feeding to dedicated performance analysis suite
  • NacSport analysis software
  • 15 x SONY HD handheld cameras + remote controlled tripod

GPS System

  • STATSPORT APEX Units x 16
  • Live capture
Our research

Our School has a proven track record of excellence in teaching, research and applied sports science. The majority of our research was rated as world-leading or internationally excellent in the most recent Research Assessment Framework (REF 2014).

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