The Human Performance Center at the Orthopaedic Institute helps athletes better understand how they perform and what can be done to prevent injury, work around injuries, and optimize efficiency in sports. The goal is to safely maximize their function and performance and to achieve their personal goals.
The center's team of health professionals has a wide range of expertise in sports medicine and applies technology used in professional sports, such as biomechanical and physiological tools, to evaluate athletes, including those with injuries and chronic conditions such as arthritis. Depending on the need, the center can provide a comprehensive evaluation or a specific recommendation for training and activity.
To contact the center, send an email to Lindsay Frost, lab manager, at email@example.com.
Please call the number below to make an appointment.
Human Performance Center
1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 514-6077
Fax: (415) 885-3862
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.
A parking lot is available adjacent to 1500 Owens St.
Parking fees are:
Patients with disabled placards or license plates pay $3 for the first hour and $5 for up to 24 hours.
Parking fees are paid in advance at one of three kiosks. The kiosks accept cash (coins and bills up to $10) and credit cards (Visa and MasterCard).
Parking garages are available nearby, at 1625 Owens St. and at 1630 Third St., at higher hourly rates.
The center offers sophisticated performance testing — typically used by professionals — to help athletes at all levels, from recreational to elite. Specialized tests are available for individual sports such as soccer. The center has a 10-camera, biomechanical system that can analyze a dancer's jump, a tennis player's swing or a runner's gait. Individuals wear "markers" that allow movement to be measured in 3-D.
A special floor, with built in "force plates," can calculate the force generated when an athlete jumps or a dancer leaps. A Pilates full length mirror and dance equipment are available to help athletes improve technique.
Improve performance through the following evaluations:
Our performance evaluations use advanced exercise physiological analysis to provide our clients with personal assessments of their physiological fitness and performance characteristics. Clients receive a detailed report, including raw data, graphical representations, and written assessments with tailored recommendations and scientific training plans designed to enhance performance.
Measuring body fat mass and fat-free, or lean mass, components can provide insight to overall health and wellness. Body composition plays an important role in performance optimization, fuel utilization and maximal oxygen consumption. We begin your performance evaluation with a body composition analysis using bioelectrical impedance analysis and in some caseskinfold analysis.
Next, a functional lactate threshold test, using the exercise modality that mimics your sport (treadmill or bicycle ergometer), will be performed. You will complete stages at increasingly harder intensities while our exercise physiologists record heart rate, ratings of perceived exertion and blood lactate samples from a finger prick droplet of blood during each stage. The determination of the lactate threshold can provide valuable information for the foundation of scientific training plans, including intensity zones. Lactate threshold test protocols can be repeated to track the progress of and fine tune your training plan.
A VO2 Max test is the most widely recognized measure of cardiopulmonary fitness. It is defined as the highest rate of oxygen transport and use that can be achieved at maximal physical exertion.
Our testing protocol requires you to rapidly increase your exercise intensity over a period of about 10 minutes, while you run on the treadmill or cycle on the ergometer with all gas exchanges captured by the metabolic cart as you breath through a mouthpiece valve and hose. This test also enables us to determine your true maximum heart rate value.
Our expert exercise physiologists will present you with your results and data from your Performance Evaluation, explaining the science behind your current level of fitness and providing you with recommendations for performance enhancement and goal-accomplishment.
Heart rate specific training zones will be developed based on your performance testing results. These training zones can be incorporated into your current training program, allowing you to reach your performance specific goals.
This test is not included in the performance evaluation.
Metabolic rate is the measurement of how much food is converted into energy each day. Simply put, a resting metabolic rate test will determine how many calories you burn per day while at rest. Understanding how your body uses calories is vital to success for weight loss or weight management programs. Our resting metabolic rate test provides an accurate snapshot of your daily caloric needs.