SSC Explained

We deliver cutting edge, scientific led conditioning programmes based on the latest physiological tests to professional and amateur sports teams and individuals. We incorporate exercise physiology, performance nutrition, musculoskeletal biomechanics and sport psychology in order to bring about significant improvements in performance.

Physiological Testing & Assessment

SSC's Sport Scientists provide a state of the art physiological testing service using the latest laboratory standard, clinical diagnostic tools. Clients include Cyclists, Runners, Golfers, Rowers, Sports Teams and Track & Field athletes. Test data is used to quantify performance, design personalised and effective training programs and reduce the likelihood and severity of future injuries. Reporting can be provided digitally or as printed media. Team performance data can be compared to county, national or international standards.


  • VO2 Breath-by-Breath Gas Analysis
  • Blood Lactate Testing & Lactate Profiling
  • Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis
  • EMG Clinical Muscle Function Testing
  • Digital Spirometry & Lung Function Testing

Strength & Conditioning

Strength and Conditioning is the physical and physiological development of athletes for elite sport performance. The role of the S&C coach is to bridge the gap between the theory of training and applied training, helping athletes to become faster, stronger and more flexible and to build their muscular endurance so they perform better and remain injury free. Strength and Conditioning encompasses the entire development of the athlete and what is needed to improve physical performance.


  • Strength & Muscular Endurance
  • Plyometrics & Explosive Power
  • Core Stability & Flexibility
  • Speed & Agility Training
  • Programme Design & Periodisation

Sport & Performance Nutrition

Consuming the right balance of nutrients, and refuelling correctly are the key to taking athletic performance to a whole new level. SSC’s scientific, research-led service optimises the condition and fitness levels of a broad range of sporting individuals and competitive team clients. We provide the knowledge and the most up to date dietary advice on the fundamental aspects of nutritional balance, how it works hand in hand with training and exercise and incorporating it into your daily life and training schedule.


  • Event Preparation
  • Body Composition Measurement
  • Metabolic Testing & Substrate Profiling
  • Nutritional Analysis & Diet Planning
  • Weight Management & Body Fat Loss

Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation

Registered with the British Association of Cardiac Prevention & Rehabilitation, UCS Active is a Phase IV Cardiac Rehabilitation Centre. Phase IV Specialist, Richard Brennan, completed his clinical training at The Hatter Cardiovascular Institute at The Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences, University College London. 1-2-1 consultations include monitoring drug therapy; managing post operative Phase IV rehabilitation including single-quadruple bypass, valve replacement, stent insertion as well as cardiac transplantation. Sessions are held in a secure and private environment.


  • Exercise Rehabilitation
  • Heart Rate Monitoring & Fitness Testing
  • Blood Pressure Measurement & Management
  • Drug Guidance & Lifestyle Management
  • Nutritional Assessment & Guidance

Injury Rehabilitation

Working in conjunction with your surgeon, doctor and physiotherapist SSC practitioners use various medical, clinical and digital tools to measure muscle function, lung function, joint range of motion and blood chemistry as well as various Mobilisation and Myofascial Release techniques to help clients return to full function. SSC also specialise in Low Back Pain management using EMG testing to accurately assess muscle function. SSC also treat Piriformis Syndrome, Iliotibial band Syndrome, Tennis and Golfers Elbow, Rotator Cuff injury and various other joint and muscle issues.


  • eMotion EMG Muscle Function Testing
  • Low Back Neuromuscular Assessment
  • Postural Assessment & Joint R.O.M. Tests
  • Clinical Lung Function Tests
  • CardioPulmonary Exercise Testing CPET

Continuous Professional Development

We continually adopt our practice in line with the cutting edge research and scientific innovations, and are passionate about sharing our expertise and knowledge with fellow sport and health professionals. Our Continuous Professional Development programme enables personal trainers, sports coaches, health professionals and under and post graduate Sport Scientists to gain invaluable practical and observational experience of best practice techniques in a controlled, live environment. Courses are run from the outstanding University College School in Hampstead.


    CPD Courses in the following areas
  • Lactate Profiling inc. Blood Testing & Analysis
  • CardioPulmonary Exercise Testing inc. VO2
  • EMG Muscle Function Testing
  • Postural Assessment & Anthropometric Measurement

Endurance Performance Clinic

At the Endurance Performance Clinic runners, cyclists and triathletes can have their various physiological variables measured including VO2 peak, lactate threshold, lactate turnpoint, substrate untilisation, functional threshold power, muscle function, lung function, joint range of motion, strength and power. We can also measure certain real-world effects such as cycle seat position change on power output, footwear change from traditional to minimal on running economy and running gait from heel strike to fore foot landing on muscle function.


  • VO2 Testing & Lactate Profiling
  • Running Economy & Substrate Untilisation
  • Functional Threshold & Critical Power Tests
  • Dietary Analysis & Event Nutrition Guidance
  • Postural Assessment & Core Function Analysis

SSC Golf Clinic

Generate explosive power for increased distance. Improve flexibility for a more fluid swing. Build muscle endurance for greater shot control. Consistent high performance in golf requires effective physical conditioning that is carefully designed and monitored in accordance with the on-course demands the player will encounter. With cardiorespiratory, musculoskeletal and nutritional demands acting on a golfer between rounds, effective physical screening of a player will ensure physiological and anatomical deficiencies that may influence performance are highlighted.


  • EMG Musculoskeletal Testing
  • Static & Dynamic Postural Assessment
  • Golf Specific Strength & Conditioning
  • Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation Programs
  • Dietary Analysis & Nutrition Programs

Team Sports Coaching & Performance Enhancement

Intensive sports performance coaching for serious professional athletes striving for success at the highest level. Working alongside personal mentors, team and club coaches and training programmes, SSC consultants and coaches combine advanced diagnostics, functional fitness and skills training, performance nutrition and sport psychology to optimise performance through improved speed, stamina, agility, strength, concentration, self discipline and squad cohesion. Available for Rugby, Cricket and Football teams, packages range from one off seminars to weekly training sessions.


  • Fitness, Strength & Power Testing and Analysis
  • Performance Nutrition inc. Matchday Strategy
  • Periodised Strength & Conditioning Programmes
  • Advanced Skill Session Programming