Optimal Performance

U-M student-athlete undergoes performance assessment

At the University of Michigan, researchers are developing strategies to promote, encourage, facilitate and improve physical activity across the lifespan for people of all ages and abilities. Research areasĀ focus on nutrition and hydration; strength training and conditioning; sleep, rest and recovery; exercise psychology; and injury prevention.

Running Lab

The Michigan Performance Research Lab, housed in the U-M School of Kinesiology, is dedicated to helping athletes of all ages and abilities achieve their personal best.

Lab technicians investigate the biomechanics of human movement to optimize function, enhance injury resiliency and ensure lifelong health. They work with clinical, research and industry partners to develop cross-disciplinary approaches to challenges in athletic performance, health and wellness, and sports technology.

There, researchers incorporate wearable sensors and in-field assessments to gain more realistic understanding of individual and generic biomechanics. And they also offer running assessments to provide the highest level of personalized fact-based evaluation for the running community.

“There’s no better time than now to do this type of research because everyone has tons of data about themselves, but they don’t know what to do with it,” said MiPR Lab co-Director Cristine Agresta.

Michigan Performance Research Laboratory