Press Releases 2014-2015

Sporting Elites use High Performance Laboratory at UWTSD


Welsh sporting elites have been taking full advantage of the High Performance Laboratory at the Wales Institute of Physical Literacy (WIPL) at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD), Carmarthen campus.

Former Wales rugby captain, Ryan Jones, along with Welsh triathlete Oliver Simon have recently used the High Performance Laboratory, located at UWTSD Carmarthen, to complete a V02 Max text. The test was conducted under the supervision of Dr Peter Herbert, lecturer in Health and Exercise and Sport Studies and David Gardner, senior lecturer in Sport Studies.

Speaking of his training at the High Performance Laboratory, Ryan Jones said: “We’ve just finished a VO2 Max test here at the laboratory. After retiring this summer, I’m looking for my next ‘Everest’ if you like,  I’m not quite sure what that’s going to  be yet, but being in a period of transition it’s important that I make sure that I’m doing the right training.  Pete (Dr Peter Herbert) offered to conduct the VO2 Max test for me. A lot of the guys who compete in Ironman use these facilities too, so I’ll be training with those guys and will chose my next challenge from there.

“I come from a Sports Science background, I went to Cardiff Met and have spent 15 years in an environment that is scientific, and so what I’m trying to do is bring that to my post rugby career with this kind of training.

“We’ve come here today to use these facilities that are second to none and as good as anywhere else, you get all the values, all the technology and all the science to then go and implement yourself over the coming months. We’ll then come back then in a few months and be put through the test all over again. It’s nice to have the support network and feedback from the guys here just to make sure you’re doing the right thing to go forward."WIPL are a primarily based at UWTSD Carmarthen, although their work often takes place out in schools and the community.‌

WIPL was set up to promote physical literacy throughout life and is a co-founder of the International Physical Literacy Association (IPLA).

WIPL has a team of highly experienced staff with expertise in the fields of physical education, outdoor education, sport development, health and exercise, physiology, nutrition, sports therapy, early years motor development, inclusion and special educational needs and exercise psychology.

The institute work with people of all ages and abilities to raise participation and support physical activity in all forms. The institute has conducted research in many aspects of physical literacy right across the lifespan. The research includes studying the contribution of the early childhood curriculum in Wales to children’s physical literacy, and the effects of high intensity training on the older population.

WIPL manage the Welsh Government funded Physical Literacy Project for Schools in the region in partnership with ERW and Sport Wales. They also work with schools outside this project to support the development of physical literacy.

Note to Editor

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  2. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David was established in 2010 through the merger of the University of Wales Lampeter and Trinity University College, Carmarthen. On 1 August 2013 the Swansea Metropolitan University merged with the University
  3. The University’s Royal Charter 1828 is the oldest in Wales, and it is third behind Oxford and Cambridge in Wales and England. HRH Prince of Wales is the Patron of the University
  4. On 1 August, 2013 Coleg Sir Gâr merged with the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Group, however they will keep their own brand. Coleg Ceredigion merged with the Group on 1 January 2014