The University of Pittsburgh Warrior Human Performance Research Center, based at the Neuromuscular Research Laboratory and within the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition, is focused on the health and physical fitness of the members of the United States Military Special Operations Forces by identifying risk factors for unintentional musculoskeletal injury and predictors of optimal physical performance. We strive to reduce the incidence and severity of unintentional musculoskeletal injuries through the use of evidence-based musculoskeletal, biomechanical, physiological, and nutritional screening systems, as well as to optimize tactical readiness through the application of force-specific task and demand analyses, research-proven performance prediction models, and scientifically-driven training programs. We aim to develop effective interventions that are culturally specific to each force and individual, easily deliverable by all those responsible for Special Operations Forces’ health and physical fitness, and fiscally responsible for the Department of Defense. Through our Special Operations Forces research, we will contribute to the Preservation of the Force and Families within the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) as called for by Admiral William H. McRaven (Commander, USSOCOM).
To contribute to the Department of Defense mandate for Human Performance Optimization by minimizing the number and severity of unintentional musculoskeletal injuries, maximizing the physical performance and tactical readiness of our Special Operations Forces’ members. This will extend the longevity of the Special Operations Forces members’ career, as well as increase quality of life during service and following retirement from the United States Military.