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Sports Nutrition Research Facilities

The Sports Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism group have a dedicated clinic located in the department of Human Nutrition for all their laboratory based studies. There is also a mobile testing unit which enables field based research to be undertaken. If you are interested in our facilities please contact Dr Katherine Black.


Equipment and expertise are available for undertaking anthropometric assessments including measures of height, weight, skinfolds, bone breadths, circumferences and lengths. Body composition can be assessed using a variety of Bioelectric Impedance Analysers (BIA) within the Department as well as by DXA (Dual-energy X-ray Absorptiometry) scan in the Dunedin Public Hospital DXA scanning unit.

Students completing post-graduate papers in Human Nutrition are given the opportunity to obtain the ISAK (International Society for the Advancement of Kinathropometry) level 1 anthropometry accreditation as part of their course requirements.

Metabolic Rate and VO2max

Located in the sports nutrition clinic equipment is available for the measurement of oxygen consumption and energy expenditure both at rest and during exercise.

Field Unit

The field unit includes two i-stat analysers. These are laboratory accurate, portable devices that use fingerprick blood samples for the analysis of electrolytes, blood gasses, haematology, coagulation and markers of cardiac damage. The field unit is also capable of testing hydration and sweat electrolyte testing.

Sample Analysis

Within the department of Human Nutrition is a fully equipped laboratory in which analysis of blood, urine and sweat samples can be carrried out for electrolytes, hormones, lipids, cholesterol, haemotology, glucose and lactate.