Sport science is concerned with applying the study of movement/science to sporting activities. The main purpose of sport science is to assist an athlete in maximizing his potential with the least possible risk of injury.

The importance of sport science is the prediction of an individual's ability relating to the sporting world, the individualization of training programs according to specific needs and to identify possible strengths, weaknesses and prevent future injuries.

Sport science focus on the scientific testing of athletes during off season, pre-season and competition season. Fitness components that are focused upon include the following: Aerobic capacity, anaerobic capacity, Muscle power, strength, endurance, Agility and Speed. Sport specific tests are used, areas of concern are identified and worked upon, fitness levels are monitored and recovery techniques are incorporated.

According to test results an individualized program is design specifically for the athlete. Important components in the program include the following: volume, intensity, duration and progression. Follow-up sessions are strongly recommended in order to achieve the fitness goals.

The Nelson Mandela University BSSU is a leader in Sport Science in the Eastern Cape. We provide a comprehensive approach to improving performance at all levels of sporting participation. Our services are provided by three qualified Biokineticists and Sport Scientists as well as academic personnel specializing in various fields. The Unit has the most complete range of sport testing facilities in the Eastern Cape.

In addition to our evaluation procedures, we also provide scientific periodization programmes for individuals or teams of any of a variety of sports. Different packages are available for both individuals and teams.

The following tests are conducted at the Nelson Mandela University BSSU:

  • Body composition
  • Aerobic capacity (VO2max)
  • Flexibility
  • Anaerobic capacity (Wingate)
  • Muscular endurance
  • Muscular imbalances (Cybex)
  • Muscular strength
  • Gait analysis
  • Balance & coordination
  • Agility
  • Sprinting reaction time
  • Neck strength/flexibility (Neck Cybex)
  • Various sport specific evaluations
  • Speed analysis (Photocells)