Warrior Human Performance Research Center

Who we Are

The Neuromuscular Research Laboratory (NMRL) is the applied research facility of the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition. Based on the findings that unintentional injuries pose the greatest incidence of morbidity in the US military, the Warrior Human Performance Research Center and associated laboratories were created to align with the individual components of US Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). The mission of the Center is to study our military elite, the Special Operator, and the unique injury mitigation and performance optimization needs of these select tactical athletes. Our human performance research was developed to be empirically supported, scientifically driven, and culturally specific.
 

What Are the Objectives

To study physiological demands and associated injuries of Special Operators and establish mission-specific human performance protocols to:
  1. Mitigate the incidence and severity of Operator injuries
  2. Maximize human capital and combat readiness
  3. Enhance the tactical life cycle of the Operator and quality of life outlook after service
Serving as the applied science mission partner of USSOCOM we are facilitating the Commander’s goal as part of the Preservation of the Force and Families program (POTFF) by providing research-based solutions to current and emerging challenges, needs, and related- requirements. This research will identify and prioritize human performance program needs, provide metrics, and evaluate program effectiveness for the individual component commands, USSOCOM, and POTFF.
 

Where We Work

UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Centers at;

Naval Special Warfare

US Army Special Operations Command  
Air Force Special Operations Command 
Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (grant awarded - start date TBD)
  • at Camp Lejeune, NC

What We Do

Utilizing biomechanical, musculoskeletal, and physiological protocols:

  • Systematically study injury mitigation and performance optimization strategies
  • Generate operationally relevant performance and health status indicators and refine injury prediction models
  • Provide baseline and longitudinal testing and surveillance of the Operators across their tactical life cycle to assess changes in readiness and the impact of injury