The Exercise Medicine Research Institute houses world class, state of the art facilities, enabling the transformation of teaching, learning and research into real time practice. The facilities and equipment are carefully designed and selected to guarantee versatile exercise solutions and high capacity, reliable and reputable results that ensure our research outcomes continue to lead scientific breakthroughs.
All research participants undergo a DXA-Scan used for accurate body composition assessment including body fat, lean body (muscle) mass, and bone mineral density. These measurement are essential for determining the effects of disease and treatment toxicities as well as understand the benefits of exercise medicine interventions. We also use this information to tailor our exercise interventions to optimize the training program design.
At the commencement of a tailor made exercise regime, baseline assessments include (but not limited to) blood pressure, heart resting rate, height and weight measured in the Treatment Room.
The sophisticated Neurocom Balance Master is state of the art for assessment of standing balance and stability. The participant stands on either a stable or unstable support surface and in a stable or dynamic visual environment. The test results are used to assess the effects of variuous diseases and injuries on balance as well as evaluate the benefits of difference exercise interventions to improve balance.
The Cardio Pulmonary Exercise Test (CPET) provides a very accurate assessment of the participant’ aerobic capacity or “VO2 max” which is an important measure of physical fitness and one of the strongest predictors of all-cause mortality. The electrical signals from the heart (ECG) are also recorded during this test to determine if the participant might be at risk of a cardiovascular event. The participant’s performance in this test is also used to more accurately prescribe the exercise prescription and intensity of aerobic training.
Neuromoves’ aim is to decrease the barriers that arise for people with a disability to access quality exercise services – from the most basic of exercise to the highly specialised and intensive options; the exercise programs are accessible to people with spinal cord injury, acquired brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease, cerebral palsy, amputation or other physical deficit.
Vario Health Clinic delivers best practice, evidence-based health programs and integrated consulting and assessment services to the community. We implement a multidisciplinary team approach incorporating exercise physiology, dietetics, clinical psychology and physiotherapy.
ECU’s Survey Research Centre (SRC) conducts high quality health survey research for researchers and departments both within and external to the University including government departments, industry and other health-related organisations using state-of-the-art technology to conduct telephone, Internet, and field surveys.
Genesis Cancer Care patients attend regular exercise sessions supervised by a qualified exercise physiologist, often before or after their radiation or chemotherapy session.