Located at the Sanford Fieldhouse, the SSSI was established in 2008 with a mission to lead scientific advancements in athletic health, performance and research. It offers a variety of cutting-edge athlete services using state-of-the-art equipment and facilities that are unmatched in the region. The SSSI also performs innovative sports science research that has been presented at international sports medicine meetings and presented in leading sports science journals.

The SSSI environmental chamber is one of a few in the entire world that is available to the general public for testing and evaluations. The 336 square-foot chamber can be set to a tightly regulated temperature of 40℉ to 122℉, along with a full range of humidity. This “heat chamber” can be used to evaluate athletes who suffer from heat cramps or other forms of heat illness. Athletes preparing for sporting events in hot environments can also train in the chamber to become acclimated to the conditions they are likely to face in competition. Furthermore, the heat chamber can be used as a research laboratory to study the physiological response to exercise and heat stress in a variety of conditions.

The SSSI also offers laboratory-based fitness assessments that provide accurate and precise measurements of an athlete’s current performance capacity. The assessments are also great tools for tracking the effectiveness of a new training program or monitoring improvements over time. These assessments can be performed using laboratory-grade treadmills or exercise bikes; alternatively, cyclists can bring in their own bikes and use them with the SSSI’s RacerMate® CompuTrainer™.

Other services offered through the SSSI include body composition analysis, comprehensive nutrition assessments, measurements of resting energy expenditure, sweat and hydration testing, advanced physiological and biomechanical assessments, and a variety of specialty performance consultations.

The SSSI also conducts research aimed at identifying injury risk in sports and ensuring proper return to play readiness following an injury. Specifically, the SSSI currently studies brain injury risk in youth football, objective measures of sports concussion severity and recovery, and movement patterns related to musculoskeletal injury risk. SSSI research also forms the scientific basis for the Sanford SCORE athletic assessment program.

Being located in the Fieldhouse will allow the SSSI to provide POWER athletes with additional opportunities to reach their sports performance goals and will be instrumental in developing programs that set the foundation for a lifetime of safer sports activity.

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