Human Performance & Sport Physiology Laboratory
Lab Affiliations and Partnerships
The HPSP Lab has established a strong consulting and research relationship with the Milwaukee Brewers Major League Baseball (MLB) organization and its affiliates. The HPSP Lab is currently partnering with the Brewers to investigate the physiological aspects of recovery among starting pitchers. Our overall goal is to enhance in-game performance and post-game recovery, and prevent overuse syndromes and musculoskeletal injuries.
The HPSP Lab is intracately involved with the MFD and the Fire Academy in research and service projects focused on firefighters as occupational athletes. Our Lab is currently assisting in the development and validation of new measures and protocols for the integrated evaluation of health and fitness, and performance of new Recruits, Cadets, and current Active-Duty firefighters. Our primary objective is to determine the independent and inter-related physiological and psychological determinants of firefighting performance, and to ultimately use these determinants to guide the development of new training programs designed to meet the needs of firefighters. Our secondary objective is to examine the relationship between performance level and injury risk, as well as functional movement patterns and injury risk, among firefighters.
The Milwaukee Admirals hockey organization, of the American Hockey League (AHL), utilizes the testing services of the HPSP Lab during their annual pre-season player evaluations. The HPSP Lab has assisted with movement screening and physiological performance testing for its athletes.
The HPSP Lab provides movement screening and corrective exercise recommendations for the UW-Milwaukee Men's Basketball and Baseball teams. Our goal is collaborate with the team's training staff in order to prevent musculoskeletal injuries and overuse syndromes.
The HPSP Lab was part of the clinic that provided integrated treatments, evaluations, and performance recommendations to individuals participating in the PAWS vs. CLAWS Lakefront Marathon Challange. The HPSP Lab specifically provided movement screening and corrective exercise recommendations to these individuals.
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
College of Health Sciences
Department of Kinesiology
The HPSP Lab has a strong and ongoing collaborative research relationship with the Laboratory for Sport Psychology & Performance Excellence (LSPPE). Our Labs have collaborated on a number of past and current research projects. This ongoing collaboration resembles the overall Integrated Human Performance research objective of both of our Labs.
The HPSP Lab utilizes Noraxon electromyography (EMG) equipment and software to examine muscle activation patterns, electromechanical delay, and force production for various research projects.
The HPSP Lab utilizes Zephyr Bioharness monitors, straps, and software to examine various physiological measures for a multitude of research projects. This ongoing relationship has been instrumental in the HPSP Lab's efforts to investigate heart rate variability (HRV) among a wide range of populations.
The HPSP Lab is currently collaborating with the developers of the Ultimate Sandbag Core Fitness System to examine the potential differences in physiological measures of sandbag training compared to other traditional training mechanisms. We will be specifically examining differences in heart rate, breating rate, skin temperature, and muscle activation patterns.