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


United States Army Special Operations Command



The UPitt-Warrior Human Performance Research Laboratory for the United States Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) is located in Ft. Bragg, NC. This lab was established in 2011 and became operational in February 2012.


Ft. Bragg Lab Staff

Left to Right: Julie, Tony, and Amanda

Julie Kresta, PhD

Julie is an Assistant Professor working on the United States Army Special Operations Command Injury Prevention and Performance Optimization Research Initiative at the NMRL's UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Laboratory at Fort Bragg, NC. She received her PhD in Exercise Physiology from Texas A&M University in 2011 and her Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2005. She has previously worked in the Exercise and Sport Nutrition Lab at Texas A&M University coordinating research studies related to improving health, body composition and exercise performance. She has also worked as a Research Coordinator for Spinal Cord Injury Research at the Baylor Institute of Rehabilitation in Dallas, Texas. Her research interests include the utilization of exercise training and nutrition for the improvement of physical performance in trained or athletic populations.

Tony Bozich, MS, ATC

Tony serves as a research associate at the NMRL's UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Laboratory at Ft. Bragg.   He returns to the University of Pittsburgh, where he completed his Bachelor's degree in Athletic Training and his Master's degree in Sports Medicine and Nutrition.  Prior to joining the staff at Ft. Bragg, he served as the certified athletic trainer for the University of Pittsburgh’s baseball program.  He has also worked for UPMC's Center for Sports Medicine as a Certified Athletic Trainer and completed an athletic training internship in the NFL with the New York Giants.  Tony’s research interests include the prevention of musculoskeletal injuries and identifying risk factors for musculoskeletal injury in athletic and military populations.

Amanda Rawl, MS.

Amanda is a Research Associate assigned to the NMRL’s UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Laboratory at Fort Bragg, NC. She completed both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Health, Exercise, and Sport Science at The Citadel. She assisted in both laboratory and classroom instruction in required physical education courses at The Citadel. She has 5 years of experience working with the Navy and Air Force military fitness training and testing. Her research interests are in optimizing human performance of tactical athletes, health education, and a proactive approach to preventing musculoskeletal injury.