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) and the US Marine Corps. The mission of the Warrior Human Performance Research Center is to study our military elite 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 and establish mission-specific human performance protocols to:
1.  Mitigate the incidence and severity of injuries
2.  Maximize human capital and combat readiness
3.  Enhance the tactical life cycle 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. As part of the USMC Ground Combat Element Integrated Task Force, we are testing baseline physical, physiological, and performance screening characteristics as correlates/predictors of MOS school outcomes (class standing, injury, etc) and longitudinal surveillance and analysis of physical, physiological, and performance characteristics, and musculoskeletal injuries during unit integration.

Where We Work

Current UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Center at:
US Army Special Operations Command  

Previous UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Centers at:

Naval Special Warfare

Air Force Special Operations Command 

US Marine Corps

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 across their tactical life cycle to assess changes in readiness and the impact of injury