Body Composition Assessment
At the Sports Physiology Center of Chicago, each athlete's body composition is evaluated using both anthropometric measurements (Skinfold measurements) and 8 point tactile bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA). Multiple measurement modalities are used to provide a detailed assessment of body composition as well as fat and muscle distribution in the body. Some of the measurement modalities we use include Holtain Skinfold Calipers for skinfold measurement and bioelectrical impedance analysis (InBody) using the 8 point tactile method. The 8 point tactile method for bioelectrical impedance analysis is unique in that it divides the body into 5 separate regions for measurement. Most commercially available devices divide the body into 2 regions, which results in much less specific measurements.
Sports Psychometrics Assessment
The Sports Physiology Center of Chicago uses well validated surveys to evaluate each athlete's mental game. Psychometrics is the science of measuring mental capacities and processes. Specific assessments have been developed and validated for evaluation of the elite teen athlete. Just as physical testing provides direction for training the body for optimal performance, psychometric assessments provide direction for understanding and training the mind for optimal athletic performance. Factors such as sports performance anxiety, coping stratgeies, motivation, and burnout are determined by this evaluation.
Sports Nutrition Assessment
At the Sports Physiology Center of Chicago, we not only assess an athlete's nutritional practices, but his/her knowledge as well. We evaluate general and sport-related dietary habits as well as hydration practices for each athlete. Each athlete's knowledge of good nutrition practices is evaluated through a computer scored nutrition knowledge questionnaire. A dietary supplement usage survey is also used to screen for safe and appropriate use of supplements in the athletes that use dietary supplements. Proper nutrition is essential for optimal athletic performance. Sound, science based knowledge of good nutritional practices facilitates optimal fueling and hydration habits.
The Sports Physiology Center of Chicago provides each athlete with a complete analysis and explanation of the data obtained during the evaluation and helps each athlete understand how to use this information to optimize his/ her athletic performance. Once we have analyzed the hundreds of pieces of data obtained during the evaluation, each athlete will return to the Sports Physiology Center of Chicago for a one on one consultation. Dr. Boas and our clinical team, Crystal (Certified Athletic Trainer), Marissa (Phsyician Assistant), and Drew (Nurse Practitioner) will review the evaluation with the athlete and provide individualized recommendations based on those results for performance optimization. We will also provide referrals to a sports dietician or psychologist specializing in optimizing athletic performance, if necessary.