High Performance and Exercise Physiology Clinic

Working with you to tailor exercise plans and high performace services to suit your needs.

Based at UniSA’s City East, City West, and Magill campuses, the High Performance and Exercise Physiology Clinic offers specialist exercise prescription services to the community to assist with the management and prevention of chronic health conditions, musculoskeletal rehabilitation, medical conditions, disabilities and mental health conditions.

We also offer state-of-the-art exercise science testing and analysis services to suit a range of needs and can cater to elite and amateur athletes, as well as for individuals and teams.

Exercise physiology services are provided by final year undergraduate exercise physiology students under the supervision of accredited exercise physiologists, or directly by accredited exercise physiologists. High performance services are provided by professionally supervised undergraduate Exercise and Sport Science students.

Appointments are essential (please note in most cases for Exercise Physiology services, a referral from your General Practitioner or medical specialist is required).

Services

Exercise Physiology services

Our services are beneficial for the management of:

  • cardiovascular disease/dysfunction
  • chronic fatigue pathologies
  • hormonal dysfunction
  • metabolic disease/dysfunction
  • musculoskeletal disease/dysfunction
  • neurological, psychological and respiratory diseases

We offer practical exercise advice and programs that will equip you with the skills to maintain appropriate exercise habits, long term. Changes to everyday behaviour including the addition/modification of physical activity habits are not easily achieved. Our staff recognise this and will assist by helping to identify and work around any barriers in order to achieve your specific health goals.

Our service is tailored to suit your individual needs and preferences, and is designed to be performed by you from home or within an exercise training facility.

Please wear comfortable, non-restrictive clothing and suitable footwear to your appointment, and bring any relevant medical information with you such as specialist or x-ray reports (not films).

High Performance services

We can cater development programs to professional and elite athletes and teams, as well as amateur athletes. Treatment is provided by accredited exercise physiologists and is sometimes assisted by undergraduate students.

Anthropometric profiling: Anthropometric measurements include assessments such as the size, shape structure, height, weight and composition of the human body. A full anthropometric profile can be created to provide information on sport specific body dimensions that can inform training prescription or strategy. Additionally, a full anthropometric profile can include measurement of skinfolds, which can be used to determine body fat and fat free mass percentage.

Field testing-offsite: These assessments will normally take place in an environment that is similar to where your sport is performed. Testing will be tailored to your needs and could include vertical jump tests, sprint tests and multistage shuttle run tests to assess speed, power and endurance.

Humac norm/Isokinetic testing: Being the latest product from the CSMI in the isokinetic range, the Humac norm offers seven different primary measurement and exercise solutions which can assess and improve your mobility, control, stability and strength. Isokinetic testing can be used to identify strengths and weaknesses in any movement, at any joint in the body, and can be used to inform training prescription. Additionally, Isokinetic testing can be used as a tool to establish injury risk in certain muscles, established by state-of-the-art research findings.

Lactate threshold: Lactate threshold can be described as the maximum steady effort that can be maintained without producing lactic acid at a rate that will cause your body to fatigue. Measuring this threshold is highly useful for athletes, as we can determine ways to increase this threshold level, resulting in improved endurance. Lactate threshold is a crucial test for endurance athletes, and is a key predictor of performance in aerobic events, including cycling, running and rowing.

Mechanical Efficiency and Maximal accumulated oxygen deficit: Mechanical Efficiency during exercise is the ratio of work output to work input during physical activity. We can assist athletes become more efficient with the least amount of effort. This testing can also be used to determine the refuelling requirements during exercise based on the amount of energy consumed during exercise and the types of fuels consumed. This information can be used in conjunction with an Accredited Sports Dietician to develop feeding strategies relevant to competition. Additionally, maximal accumulated oxygen deficit is one of the most effective ways to measure anaerobic capacity.

Strength profiling: Our strength profiling will help identify your strengths and weaknesses and we can help you improve specific qualities to enhance sport performance.

VO2 max/sub max testing: A VO2 max test will provide you with significant information on your exercise capacity and performance. VO2 sub max tests are suited to newer or amateur athletes, while VO2 max tests are more suited to experienced athletes who want to gain knowledge on whether their training is producing maximum results. 

Fees

Exercise Physiology services

Student Services

Student services are supervised by accredited exercise physiologists.

Initial individual consultation $20
Individual exercise session $15
Small groups exercise session (max. 3 people) $10
Large groups exercise session (max. 12 people) $5

Accredited exercise physiologist services

When consulting with an Accredited Exercise Physiologist, all referrals under Medicare and the Department of Veteran Affairs are bulk billed. WorkCover services are available on referral.

Initial individual consultation $120
Subsequent consultation $70
Small groups exercise sessions (max. 3 people) $20
Large groups exercise sessions (max. 12 people) $15

*Please note fees may vary slightly between clinic locations, please contact each clinic directly for more information.

High Performance services

Some services will be delivered by students under the supervision of accredited exercise physiologists.

Anthropometric profiling $150
Field testing - offsite $400
Humac norm/Isokinetic testing $200
Lactate threshold $180
Mechanical efficiency and Maximal accumulated oxygen deficit $150
Strength profiling $150
VO2 max testing $150

 

Teaching & Learning

In addition to providing you with valuable patient care, the Clinic delivers quality clinical education to UniSA students — our next generation of healthcare professionals. Educated in state-of-the-art facilities, students gain invaluable practical experience and exposure to a wide range of client needs.

If you are a current UniSA student and are interested in observing what happens in an Exercise Physiology clinic then we would love you to volunteer your time in gaining exposure to the industry. Depending of your level of experience you will also be able to implement and apply the skills and knowledge that you have learned to date. You may even be able to log ESSA hours towards gaining your qualifications!

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FAQs

What is an Accredited Exercise Physiologist (AEP)?
AEPs are allied health professionals that specialise in the prescription and monitoring of exercise behaviour for the management and prevention chronic diseases and disabilities. The accreditation and professional conduct of the AEP is overseen by Exercise & Sports Science Australia. AEPs base exercise prescription for disease management and prevention on up to date scientific evidence and tailor it to accommodate an individual's capacity and goals.

Can High Performance services be tailored to individual or group needs?
If you are interested in a combination of our services, we can tailor packages to suit individual or group needs. We can also provide professional advice on the most suitable test for you or your team.

What conditions can exercise physiology services be helpful for?
Exercise has been found to be beneficial in the management of numerous conditions including:

  • Cardiovascular disease/dysfunction
  • Coronary vessel disease
  • Chronic heart failure
  • Rhythm or valvular abnormalities
  • Peripheral vascular diseases
  • Hypertension
  • Chronic Fatigue Pathologies
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer & cancer treatment
  • Hormonal dysfunction
  • Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
  • Post Menopause Syndrome
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Androgen deprivation therapy
  • Metabolic disease/dysfunction
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome
  • Impaired glucose tolerance/insulin sensitivity
  • Diabetes (Types 1 and 2)
  • Dyslipidaemia
  • Musculoskeletal disease/dysfunction
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Postural syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Musculoskeletal Injury Rehabilitation
  • Neurological
  • Stroke
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Psychological
  • Depression
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Asthma

Contact

Please contact us to arrange an appointment.

If you need to reschedule your appointment, please let us know at least 24 hours in advance (a cancellation fee of $20 will apply for appointments cancelled within 24 hours).

UniSA City East Campus

Telephone: (08) 8302 2078
Fax: (08) 8302 1428
Email: exercisephysiology.clinic@unisa.edu.au

Location
UniSA City East campus
Level 2, Centenary Building (Room C2-08)
Corner of North Terrace and Frome Road
Adelaide SA 5000

Clinic days
Monday, Wednesday-Friday
(please contact us for opening hours).

Car parking
The clinic has one permit park available on campus for clients with mobility issues. Please speak with the clinic reception regarding this car park when scheduling your appointment.

UniSA City West Campus  

For allied health services please contact:
Telephone: (08) 8302 0986
Fax: (08) 8302 788
Email: citywesthealth@unisa.edu.au
Website: unisa.edu.au/citywesthealth

Location
UniSA City West campus
27-29 North Terrace
Adelaide SA 5000

Clinic days 
Monday–Friday
(please contact us for opening hours).

Public transport 
Public transport options are within walking distance of the clinic including the tram and buses.

Tram: “Park n Ride”- Park your car at the Adelaide Entertainment Centre or in the Parklands (4 hours) at Thebarton and catch the free Tram from 1 stop away.

Please visit adelaidemetro.com.au for further details.

UniSA Magill Campus

Telephone: (08) 8302 4013
Fax: (08) 8302 4344
Email: magillhealthclinics@unisa.edu.au

Location
UniSA Magill campus
E Building (Room E1-22)
Enter from Bundey Street
Magill SA 5072

Clinic days
Tuesdays only                 
(please contact us for opening hours).

Car parking
Reserved parking is available in the M2 carpark in bays 148-150. Please park your car and collect a permit from the clinic reception.

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