Frequently Asked Questions

Sports Performance Program FAQs

At the Sports Science Institute of Illinois, we try to anticipate any questions you might have about our program and provide the answers for you here.

All athletes should wear athletic shoes, athletic shorts, and a comfortable t-shirt or tank top. Females should also wear a tank top or low cut/V-neck running top. For portions of the test (i.e., EKG lead placement), males will be required to be shirtless and females will be required to wear their tank top or low cut/V-neck running top.

Some kids may wish to bring a change of clothes or have a towel available. While water is available at the laboratory, feel free to bring a water bottle or sports drink. We ask that all beverages have a closable top.

Medications should be given as prescribed by the athlete’s medical team. If a medication is required during testing (i.e., asthma inhaler, insulin, glucose, etc.), please notify staff on arrival.

For any athlete under the age of 18 years of age, a parent or legal guardian must be present during check-in to sign consent. Parents or guardians are not required but are not encouraged to be present for the duration of the test.

Athletes over the age of 18 years do not require the presence of a parent or guardian at any time point.

On average the testing day lasts 3.5 hours. The consultation follow up 2 weeks after the testing lasts one hour.

Please notify us as soon as possible if your child is ill on the day of the test. Some illnesses may require rescheduling.

If your child has been injured and a doctor or athletic trainer has prohibited exercise, then the visit should be rescheduled once cleared by a physician.

If you are running late for the appointment, please notify us as soon as possible, as we may need to reschedule the test. Please allow plenty of time to arrive for the visit.

No. In order to optimize test results and obtain the most accurate information, your child should not exercise on the day of the visit.

No. The data collected on the day of testing will be analyzed over the course of several days. You should schedule a follow-up session for an in-depth discussion of the personalized results.

Personalized results will provide information about your child’s exercise performance and level of fitness. Feedback will be given about areas of strength as well as areas opportunities for improvement. Formal suggestions will be tailored to help optimize your child’s exercise performance.

Yes. Many athletes perform testing to monitor changes in their exercise performance over time, or to evaluate the success of changes in their training regimen.

The Sports Science Institute of Illinois offers the most comprehensive and state-of-the-art physiologic assessment of exercise performance in children and adolescents. The specificity of our evaluation limits the utility of this evaluation to the child and adolescent athlete. Similar assessments for adults may not be widely available. Consult with your primary physician for possible resources for testing.