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


UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research

In 2005 the NMRL research focus expanded from Sports Medicine for recreational and competitive athletes to the study of our military elite, the Special Operator, and the unique injury mitigation and performance optimization needs of these select tactical athletes. Since 2005 the work of the UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Center of the NMRL has resulted in the operation of six current UPitt Warrior Research Laboratories across the country aligned with components of SOCOM including Naval Special Warfare SEALs (3 Labs), US Army Special Forces Command, US Air Force Special Forces Command, and a soon to be awarded grant for studies with the US Marines Special Forces Command. These laboratories, which total nearly 20,000 square-feet of University of Pittsburgh research space on US Special Operation installations, are staffed by 20 University of Pittsburgh faculty members. This work has been highlighted at the NATO Special Operations Command annual meeting in Brussels, Belgium, and to the  Norwegian Defense University and Norwegian Naval Special Forces.

Current Headlines:

UPitt Warrior Research Featured in New Issue of Pitt Magazine

The Fall 2012 issue of Pitt Magazine highlights the pioneering research led by Dr. Scott Lephart and faculty of the NMRL.

Download the article here.

AFSOC Kick-Off Meeting

On November 15, 2012 faculty and staff of the UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Center met with Members of the Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) to kick off a new research relationship focused on the prevention of injuries and performance enhancement of AFSOC Operators. This meeting sought to layout the focus of the new project with Principal Investigator, Timothy Sell, briefing AFSOC Command on the details of UPitt's research process.

Dr. Beals (Crawford) Receives Sir Henry Wellcome Medal & Prize from AMSUS

On November 14th, 2012 Dr. Beals (Crawford) will be awarded the Sir Henry Wellcome Medal & Prize for her manuscript titled "Less Body Fat Improves Physical and Physiological Performance in Army Soldiers" published in the Journal of Military Medicine, the official monthly journal of the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States (AMSUS). (More)

UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Center Expands with Air Force

The NMRL and UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Center has recently received a grant from the United States Air Force Special Operations Command (AFSOC) to focus on reducing risk injury and increase performance of AFSOC Operators. (More)

NMRL Research Spotlighted in FACETS Magazine

FACETS is the official magazine of the University of Pittsburgh's School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences. In this Spring / Summer 2012 issue the NMRL is featured for its international related research with the Norwegian National Defense Institute and the University of Florence, Italy, and its Department of Defense projects. (More)

SEALs Ethos Magazine Features UPitt-NSW Research With Opening of Coronado Lab

The 16th issue of Naval Special Warfare's Ethos magazine was recently released. Among a variety of NSW news articles and stories, this publication features the opening of the UPitt Warrior Human Performance Research Laboratory at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado and discusses the UPitt-NSW collaborative efforts. (More)

Dr. Sell Attended DARPA's Warrior Web Workshop

On February 15, 2012 a multi-disciplinary group made up of faculty members from across West Point Academy and representatives from the University of Pittsburgh (Dr. Sell), DARPA (Army and Air Force), the US Marine Corps, Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center (SRDEC). MEDCOM, KACH and industry took part in a full-day workshop in support of DARPA's WarriorWeb initiative. (More)

Continuation and Expansion of Navy Special Warfare Projects

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) has awarded a $5.6M grant to the Department of Sports Medicine and Nutrition/NMRL for continuation and expansion of research initiatives with Naval Special Warfare. (More)

UPitt Warrior Newsletters

The UPitt Warrior newsletter provides the most updated information of our research with the Department of Defense.

Please download the newsletters with the following links:

Issue 6: Fall 2012

Issue 5: Fall 2011

Issue 4: Spring 2011

Issue 3: Spring 2010

Issue 2: Spring 2009

Issue 1: Fall 2008