The National Sport Science Quality Assurance Program (formerly known as the Laboratory Standards Assistance Scheme - LSAS), is an initiative of the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS) and a program of AIS Sports Science Sports Medicine.
The NSSQA (LSAS) program has been operating since 1989 to oversee quality assurance in the institutes and academies of sport that are involved in assessing state, national and Olympic-level athletes in Australia.
Our main aim is to promote continuous improvement in sports science testing standards in Australia and to help sports science programs involved in the assessment of athletes to establish and maintain an environment of national standard. We work with the AIS and state and territory institutes and academies of sport to monitor quality assurance issues, and work with sports scientists to critically evaluate all aspects of laboratory/facility function likely to affect the reliability and accuracy of test results. This is achieved mainly through collaborative peer-based assessment of areas such as staffing, documentation, equipment calibration/maintenance, test protocols and reporting.
NSSQA offers accreditation programs for Exercise Physiology Laboratories, High Performance Strength & Conditioning Facilities, and Applied Sports Biomechanics Laboratories. The quality assurance programs were initiated, and continue to be guided by sports scientists working in Australian laboratories and facilities. Those who have implemented the quality assurance programs indicate that NSSQA has resulted in, 'quantifiable improvements to the assessment of athletes in Australia'. Scientists are more confident about the accuracy and interpretation of results that they return to coaches and athletes.
Furthermore, the NSSQA program has also established associations with Performance Analysis, Medicine and Performance Psychology.
Further details regarding all NSSQA programs and services can be found throughout this website.