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The Benefits of Screening in Sport

Personalised, accurate information is important in understanding how an athlete’s body works in response to training and competition. The screening programmes from Una Sports Medicine use cutting edge assessments to give you an insight into your performance, helping you train and recover better.

Not Any Ordinary Screening Service

Completely flexible and tailored to your specific discipline, our screening services provide an invaluable baseline for continuous monitoring of any athlete, and helps optimise individual strength and conditioning programmes.

Our screening services are underpinned by an innovative software package, which not only allows ongoing athlete monitoring, but provides next steps for improving performance and overall health.

There are two types of screening available from Una Sports Medicine:

Functional Assesments

  • VO2 Max
  • Functional Movement Assessments
  • Speed Gates
  • Wingate Bike
  • Heart Rate Variability

Understanding what your body’s physically capable of helps you see where you can improve.

For example, the VO2 max measurement is useful for endurance athletes; together with the speed and distance covered, it gives you a good idea how far you need to go, and at what pace, to recreate this. That means you can maximise your training, as running at your VO2 max more often can help improve your numbers.

Wingate testing measures anaerobic power and rates of fatigue – incredibly important for sports needing quick bursts of speed at a high intensity. Essentially it assesses muscle performance in the arms and legs and can be used for anaerobic and aerobic training programmes, as well as monitoring recovery from injury.

Health Screening

  • Urinalysis
  • Blood Pressure
  • Lipids
  • Coeliac Disease
  • Anaemia
  • Body Composition

To perform at the highest level your body has to be able to function properly; and there are many underlying conditions that can affect performance without producing obvious symptoms.

One of the most common is anaemia. It reduces the body’s capability to produce red blood cells, crucial for muscle performance, and often leads to unexplained fatigue.

Anyone undertaking intensive exercise should also regularly assess their heart health. Even ‘healthy’ people can suffer from heart conditions, and high levels of cholesterol and glucose can indicate underlying issues.

See how you can benefit