Duke Sports Performance helps athletes of all types reach their potential. As part of the Duke Sports Medicine program, we have the expertise and experience to perform sophisticated health testing. We use the results to design effective personalized training programs that help you achieve your goals -- whether you are a professional athlete, school athlete, or casual competitor.
We are located at the Duke Sports Sciences Institute on the Center for Living Campus.
Our performance training team works across all sports, age groups, and levels of play. We support high school, collegiate, and professional athletes who want to stay on top of their game; recreational athletes who’d like to improve their performance; and older, former athletes who want to stay strong and fit. Our clients have included professional triathletes, body builders, martial artists, football and soccer referees, high school track state champions, and many others.
Our fitness professionals offer a range of sports performance services. For example, we can work with you to improve your agility, speed, power, strength, stamina, endurance, flexibility, or body composition. The first step is to assess your current fitness level and identify your specific goals. The following consultations and tests will help us determine the next steps in your program. Your needs determine which services are right for you.
Personal Training and Training Plan Consultation
These planning sessions help you set your activity goals and incorporate them into a formal training plan. Consultations may involve physical activity.
Body Composition Assessment
We use the seven-site skinfold technique and computer-based calculations to measure your body fat and to determine your body composition. This information is useful for setting agility, speed, and other performance targets and is used to determine your resting metabolic rate.
VO2 Max and Lactate Threshold Testing
These tests can help calculate your current fitness level and your aerobic capacity for specific types of activities. The results help us design your individualized training program and can be used to measure progress toward meeting your goals. All test results include optimal training zone data and a detailed report.
- VO2 max testing determines your cardiovascular fitness and aerobic endurance. It involves exercising at maximal effort on a treadmill or a stationary bike and wearing a special breathing mask.
- Lactate threshold testing is for athletes who want to predict their aerobic capacity. This test is performed in a similar manner to VO2 max testing. It also involves drawing blood through finger picks.
We will recommend one test or both, depending on your specific needs.
During field testing, we observe you participating in your sport to learn how to close the gap between your current performance and your potential. This assessment is customized for every athlete.
After testing and evaluation are complete, we use the results to design a training plan that helps you meet your sports performance goals.
Why Choose Duke
Our expert staff includes credentialed exercise physiologists, personal trainers, and more. Many of our staff are also athletes and understand the role that individualized, data-based training programs play in performance improvement.
Access to Duke Health Specialists
We are part of the Duke Sports Medicine program and are located at the Duke Sports Sciences Institute, which has a 70-year history of national leadership in treating professional, nonprofessional, and recreational athletes.
Our facilities contain the most advanced testing and training equipment, and our staff are experts in the latest techniques and tools.