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Exercise Physiology Accreditation Program

The primary aim of the accreditation process is to achieve comparability of athlete testing results between different laboratories. Secondary aims are to:

  • give coaches and athletes greater confidence in exercise physiology services;
  • encourage sports scientists to exchange information;
  • develop a national database of accredited laboratories and encourage national sporting organisations and coaches to use it;
  • develop a database of appropriate measurement error tolerances for commonly conducted tests; and
  • develop a database of test results on elite athletes by pooling results from all accredited laboratories.

The process continues to be refined over time because quality assurance is, by definition, one of ongoing improvement.

The accreditation streams are:

  • Anthropometry (such as skinfolds, height and mass)
  • Field Testing (such as 20-metre shuttle run, sprint tests, vertical jump and agility runs)
  • Oxygen Consumption (such as VO2max and maximum accumulated oxygen deficit)
  • Ergometry (such as performance tests on cycle ergometers, rowing ergometers and treadmills)
  • Blood Analysis (such as measurement of blood lactate and blood gases).

Accreditation is based on an on-site assessment by three expert peers to critically evaluate all aspects of the laboratory management, staff, facilities and operations likely to affect the reliability and accuracy of its test results. A report of the visit and the typical error data for each laboratory are evaluated by the National Accreditation Committee, which is the body that grants accreditation. The committee is convened by the Australia Sports Commission and NSSQA.

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