Human Performance Center

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The Human Performance Center at the Orthopaedic Institute helps athletes of all levels better understand how they perform, how to prevent injuries and how to optimize efficiency in sports. The goal is to safely maximize function and performance so athletes can 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, please send an email to HPC@ucsf.edu.

Please call the number below to make an appointment.

Getting Here

Human Performance Center
1500 Owens St.
San Francisco, CA 94158
Phone: (415) 514-6077
Fax: (415) 885-3862
Email: HPC@ucsf.edu

Hours: Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Access Your Health Information Online

This clinic uses UCSF MyChart, an online patient service. Message your provider, request medication refills, view some test results and more.

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Parking

A parking lot is available adjacent to 1500 Owens St.

Parking fees are:

  • First hour $3
  • Two hours $5
  • Each additional hour $3
  • More than seven hours $24
  • After 6 p.m., $2 flat rate

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.

Assessment

The center offers sophisticated performance testing — typically reserved only for professionals — to help athletes of all levels, from recreational to elite. Specialized tests are available for individual sports such as soccer. The center has a 10-camera, optical-motion capture system that can analyze a variety of sporting movements, such as a dancer's jump, a tennis player's swing or a runner's gait. Individuals wear small, retroreflective "markers" that allow movement to be tracked and analyzed in 3-D.

A special floor, with embedded force platforms, can calculate the force generated when an athlete jumps or cuts. A full-length Pilates mirror and AlterG treadmill are available to help athletes improve their technique.

Performance Evaluations

Our performance evaluations use advanced exercise physiology tools to evaluate athletes' aerobic and cardiovascular fitness and provide personal assessments of their physiological fitness and performance characteristics. Clients receive a detailed report, with tailored recommendations designed to optimize performance.

By appointment only
Email: HPC@ucsf.edu
Phone: (415) 514-6077
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Body Composition Analysis

This seven-site skinfold assessment is a quick, easy and accurate way to determine your body-fat percentage. Having your body composition analyzed is the best way to track your weight management success.

Each appointment includes a skinfold assessment, personalized report and expert consultation to help you understand your results.

Lactate Threshold Testing

This assessment is for endurance athletes looking to focus their training and track their progress. By measuring the blood lactate levels in your body during exercise, we can tailor training zones and make recommendations designed for your specific physiology.

You will complete stages at increasingly harder intensities, while our exercise physiologists record heart rate; perceived exertion ratings; and lactate samples from blood droplets. Lactate threshold testing can be repeated to track progress and fine-tune your training plan over time.

VO2 Max Testing

Using a treadmill, stationary bike or your own bike, this test will measure your maximal oxygen uptake, also called your "aerobic engine," and give insight into the metabolic fuel (fat vs. carbs) that your body uses at varying intensities.

This test can be especially useful for athletes looking to find their peak performance or anyone trying to get more out of cardio workouts. It also enables us to determine your true maximum-heart-rate value.

Performance Consultation

This is a great place to start for anyone with training questions. Our experts will provide help and direction on topics, such as: nutrition, strength training, exercise routine, sleep, endurance training and biomechanics.

Resting Metabolic Rate Testing

Resting metabolic rate is the measurement of how much food is converted into energy each day. Simply put, this 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.

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Anthony Luke
Anthony Luke, MPH, MD
Primary care sports medicine specialist