Director's Welcome

Director Brad Nindl in Lab

Welcome to the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory/Warrior Human Performance Research Center (NMRL/WHPRC)! The NMRL is the applied research facility of the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, within the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and has a rich research legacy of studying musculoskeletal injury prevention and human performance optimization. Established in 1987 as a collaborative effort to primarily study joint proprioception, neuromuscular control and functional joint stability in sport-centric injuries, the NMRL evolved to also study military-centric musculoskeletal injuries and human performance optimization in 2005. Over the last 13 years, the University of Pittsburgh NMRL has been one of the preeminent academic institutions studying military human performance optimization and injury prevention (HPO/IP). We remain committed to our vision and mission.

VISION: To be internationally recognized as a premier academic research center and its faculty as thought leaders in musculoskeletal injury prevention and human performance optimization.

MISSION: To mitigate musculoskeletal injuries and optimize human performance by conducting innovative, multi-disciplinary, basic and applied research providing evidence and translating scientific knowledge; enhancing clinical decisions and education. This research will lead to improved quality of life and resiliency in athletic, military and active populations.  

Our 4 strategic themes and priorities of grantsmanship, scholarship, partnership and mentorship are supported by our core values of:

  • Innovation
  • Professionalism
  • Adaptability
  • Collaboration
  • Mentorship
  • Impact
  • Diligence
  • Perseverance


Bradley C. Nindl, PhD, FACSM
Professor and Director, NMRL/WHPRC