Tour La Trobe’s high-tech Sports Labs

What was sport like when you were a student? Take a virtual tour of sports facilities at La Trobe’s Bundoora campus today, to see what happens when sport meets tech.

Where can you find exercise bikes that measure your energy use, an environmental chamber that simulates heat and altitude, and metabolic carts that match those at NASA? At La Trobe University’s Sports Labs, of course!

In this short video, you’ll join Joel McWilliam, Technical Officer in La Trobe’s Sport and Exercise Science team, as he takes you on a tour of La Trobe’s advanced Sport Labs. If you’ve ever imagined a career as an elite athlete, you can momentarily make it come true – and all without having to break a sweat.

Powerful sports analytics

On the tour, you’ll discover the latest sports exercise equipment used by La Trobe academics to help athletes push boundaries. You’ll journey through a strength and conditioning lab, where weightlifting stations have 3D motion capture analysis technology. And you’ll move along a 40-metre running track, whose in-ground force plates can assess elite athletes’ technique.

Step outdoors for more

If you’re keen to see what’s on offer outside, be sure to check out the new 3D virtual tour of La Trobe’s Sports Park. Through it, you’ll discover the FIFA-accredited synthetic pitch used for kicking analysis, the diamond that’s home to the La Trobe University Baseball Club, and the oval named after La Trobe alumnus and sporting legend, Tony Sheehan (Bachelor of Economics, 1971; La Trobe Distinguished Alumni Award, 2010).