The physiology team offer fitness testing and evaluation from our state-of-the-art human performance laboratory. They also offer ‘on-site’ support whether that’s a pitch, the pool or the athletics track. Our laboratory is a climate-controlled facility with a range of equipment including SRM bikes and watt bikes for cycling assessments, and a treadmill and Alter G treadmill for running based assessments.


The team offer performance profiling for individual as well as team-sport athletes. This process accurately assesses current fitness levels to set training zones and support coaches with planning the most effective training. Whether that is new goals or aiding an athlete’s return to sport.

With cutting edge technology, the latest observation and monitoring techniques including Sub Max fitness tests, maximal fitness tests and body composition assessments, our experts can provide a bespoke support package for each individual.
At Birmingham we offer one-to-one testing, individual consultations and analysis, as well as monitored sessions with our in house-physiologists. Our physiologists also attend competition with athletes, as well as providing remote physiology support.
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Dave Sheldon, physiologist at University of Birmingham

Dave Sheldon

Sport Science Officer

Dave is a BSc Sport and Exercise Science and MSc Exercise Physiology graduate who brings 5+ years’ experience of delivering physiological support to elite student-athletes in triathlon and athletics. In his current role, Dave supports a wider range of sports and athletes across the UBSport’s scholarship programmes, performance teams and Birmingham Athletics Talent Hub, in order to maximise conditioning and fitness levels in relation to the key physiological demands of each sport. Dave is a keen runner and cyclist having previously competed to a high level as a 1500m runner. He also coaches a number of runners externally, helping them to improve their performance and ultimately find their potential.


Alex Taylor

Head of Performance & Coaching

Alex established the Performance Centre at the University of Birmingham Sport over 10 years ago. The aim of the centre is to provide integrated athlete-centred specialist support to talented athletes so that they can reach their sporting potential.