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Biker using VO2 Max testing.

Boost Your Sports Performance

Barton Health’s Tahoe Center for Orthopedics is changing the face of physical therapy with state-of-the-art equipment and a focus on rehabilitation, training, and performance. Check out some of the new performance-enhancing services at the Barton Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Performance Lab.

VO2 Max 
VO2 Max testing measures peak oxygen consumption, calories burned at different heart rates, aerobic/anaerobic thresholds, and target intensity zones. Using a bike or treadmill, specific target heart-rate ranges correlated with each level of intensity are determined. Exercising within your zone will get you results that will help you achieve your fitness goals.

Lode Ergometry 
The lode ergometer, Excalibur Sport with Pedal Force Measurement, allows an athlete to exercise at workloads between 8 to 2,500 watts. The high-watt capacity, along with the saddle and handlebar height and angle display, has made it the gold standard in ergometry. This ergometer can be used for training and VO2 Max testing. 

Resting Metabolic Rate Testing 
Resting metabolic rate (RMR) testing helps identify your unique target caloric zones in order to lose weight or support your caloric needs during training.  You will learn how many calories to ingest in order to stay in the weight-maintenance or the weight-loss zone based on your unique RMR.  

Gait Analysis and Orthotics
Gait analysis assesses running mechanics using Dartfish video software. Foot mechanics and strategies to successfully modify your running gait are analyzed to improve running for superior outcomes. If needed, custom orthotics can be made to alter foot mechanics and are designed to treat and support various biomechanical foot disorders.

Bike Fitting 
Bike fitting involves biomechanical analysis in order to increase pedaling efficiency, power, comfort, and handling performance while decreasing overuse injuries to improve overall performance.

AlterG 
The AlterG antigravity treadmill is a state-of-the-art off-loading treadmill that enables you to walk or run unweighted up to 80 percent of your body weight.  The Alter-G is geared towards those who are seeking to rehabilitate from any injury without pain.  The AlterG also can be used to reduce overuse injuries and as a training tool for endurance athletes.   Video monitoring allows users to assess their gait with three different camera views.

Functional Knee Testing 
Functional Knee testing helps assess the athlete’s limb symmetry post -injury to determine his or her readiness to return to play. It assesses balance, agility, and strength.

Bridge Program
Barton’s Bridge sport training program has returned as the completion step of formal physical therapy. A sports-specific exercise program is individually designed to prepare the athlete to confidently return to his or her sport. 


Caroline Barichievich, M.S.P.T. is the physical therapy supervisor for Barton Health’s Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine. To learn more about any of these programs, call the Performance Lab at 530.600.1959.