The Human Performance Laboratory (HPL) is dedicated to the investigation of typical and impaired mechanics as they pertain to safe and optimal participation in sports and physical activities. Specifically, our laboratory focuses on understanding the mechanics of athletic maneuverability and their relationship to lower extremity injury risk and physical activity behavior. Our work aims to contribute to the development of effective injury prevention and motor performance training and rehabilitation programs.
The location of this laboratory, in the Competitive Athletic Training Zone (CATZ) Sports Performance facility in Pasadena, allows for unique opportunities beyond those of traditional research laboratories. Our state of the art motion analysis system sits in the middle of the 12,000 sq. ft. facility allowing for realistic assessment of sports maneuvers. Greater exposure to the community fosters excitement for our research and along with its convenient location promotes participation in on-going research projects.
LAPFC will work with the lab to create a case study for the youth soccer palyer and incorporate the findings into our CATZ Physical Training Program.