PE students trip to Bath University
On Monday the 28th November our group of enthusiastic U6th Physical Education Students headed to Bath University for an afternoon of testing in their Exercise Physiology Sports Science Labs. Having recently covered Energy Systems and Aerobic Capacity as part of the syllabus it was exciting for the boys to see science and performance in action. Harry Hudson (g) said it was "extremely interesting" and is looking forward to doing more as part of his degree.
Joe Bridger (c) volunteered to be VO2 Max tested, which is an exact measure of the amount of oxygen our bodies can take up and utilise in one minute - a direct measure of fitness. His reading of 59.41 ml/kg/min compares favourably with premiership football and rugby players. He was also tested for lactate threshold and OBLA (Onset of Blood Lactate) which is the point when our bodies begin producing lactic acid. This was at 14 km/ph and rapidly led to fatigue.
Both Edward Matts (c) and Will Lane (g) participated in the Wingate test for power using a cycle erg and a force monitor. The results showed Will to reach peak power of 1094 Watts in 2.3 seconds and Ed to reach his peak of 767 Watts in 4.28 seconds. Ed's drop off during the 30 second test was far lower (45% compared to 63%) showing he has greater speed endurance.
All students then attended a lecture on Principles of Training and Athlete Periodisation; another module covered this year and therefore greatly beneficial to see how training principles are applied to our most elite sportsmen and women. All in all, a fantastic field trip.
Mr Simon Lilley
Head of Physical Education
Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011