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UPITT Warrior Human Performance Research
Neuromuscular Research Laboratory
Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences


Naval Special Warfare Projects



Project Description:

SEAL Qualification Training/Crewman Qualification Training (SQT/CQT) is the final phase of training to become a SEAL/SWCC. However, little data exists to identify the physical and physiological characteristics of SEALS/SWCC at the beginning of their career and the potential for long-term injury and suboptimal performance. The research with SQT/CQT will be collected at the Human Performance Research Laboratory located in Coronado, CA in order to:

-Identify suboptimal characteristics and risk factors for injury in SEALS/SWCC prior to Group/Team assignment

-Establish baseline data for Force-wide interval testing to assess career decrement and injury prevalence, reference following injury, and effectiveness of TAP to improve physical readiness

-Assess tactical readiness

Overall, this will establish the baseline characteristics for SEAL and SWCC Operators upon entry into the force that will allow for tracking of injury, risk factors for injury, tactical readiness, and effectiveness of TAP. Laboratory and tactical testing will be performed on 300 SEAL/SWCC Operators upon completion of SQT/CQT to identify baseline data for integration into interval testing at Little Creek, VA and Stennis and establish risk factors for SQT/CQT graduates.

Funding for the Naval Special Warfare SQT / CQT project has been provided by ONR Award # N000141110929



Coronado Lab Staff

Left to Right: Ryan, Darcie, Chris, and John

John Haubenstricker, MS, RD, HFS

John Haubenstricker is a Research Associate at Neuromuscular Research Laboratory within the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology, a Master’s degree in both Nutritional Sciences and Exercise Physiology, and has completed his distance dietetic internship at Utah State University. John is deeply involved in professional development activities, as he has published research in the Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise journal, been a guest speaker at San Diego State University and Sharp Healthcare, and has been a preceptor for dietetic interns at American Red Cross Women, Infants and Children program. Currently, he is the President-Elect for the San Diego Dietetic Association and Legislative Ambassador Liaison for the California Dietetic Association. He personal research interests are to study the effects of exercise, nutrition, and dietary supplements on health, body composition, and performance. Leading by example, John embodies health and fitness through his own hobbies as a bodybuilder, salsa/ballroom dancer, recreational cyclist and hiker in San Diego County.

Chris Beck, MS

Chris is a research associate assigned to the UPitt NMRL Warrior Human Performance Research Laboratory at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA.  Chris completed his bachelor’s of science in biology and his master's of science in exercise physiology, both from Indiana University, in Bloomington, IN.  Chris commissioned as a Chemical Officer in the U.S. Army for 3 years between his bachelor's and master’s and is currently serving as the 79th IBCT Chemical Officer in San Diego, CA.  Before working with UPitt, Chris conducted physiology research for a private company funded by grants from the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Technology Research Center (TATRC) and Research Institute for Environmental Medicine (USARIEM) to help develop a saliva-based, hand-held assay for hydration assessment.  Chris's research interests include human performance, military medicine and nutritional strategies for improved health and performance.

Ryan D. Wedge, MPT, BS

Ryan is a research associate assigned to the NMRL’s UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Laboratory at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA. Prior to joining the NMRL, he completed his Bachelors of Science degree in Physical Therapy and his Masters of Physical Therapy at Quinnipac University, Hamden, CT. He has also previously worked as a sports medicine clinician in South Portland, ME at Saco Bay Physical Therapy. Ryan’s research interests include neuromuscular and musculoskeletal patterns of endurance athletes with a history of pathology.

Darcie Yount, M.Ed.

Darcie is a research associate assigned to the NMRL’s UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Laboratory at the Naval Amphibious Base in Coronado, CA. Prior to joining the NMRL, Darcie completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and her Master’s degree in Biomechanics both at Auburn University, in Auburn, AL.  After Auburn, she completed a student research internship at the American Sports Medicine Institute in Birmingham, AL under Drs. Glenn Fleisig and James Andrews.  Her research interests include the comparison of shoulder kinetics in different overhead sports, specifically volleyball, baseball, & tennis.