University of Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab1 Memorial Stadium
Lincoln, NE 68588
Design Achievement - The Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab (NAPL) is a world-leading research and educational facility focusing on the performance enhancement, safety, and long-term well-being of athletes. DLR Group's design creates a cutting-edge laboratory where athletics, academics, and private sector research come together to capture a scientific view of each sport. In addition to exercise and nutritional interventions, athletes' movements are studied precisely and measured against their performance on the field. Imaging tools, such as High Density EEG Nets, also are used to study the brain and to diagnosis and treat concussions. Along with protecting and improving the health and welfare of players, staff assess regular-season and post-season levels of fitness and physical thresholds through sophisticated bio-markers and instant electronic feedback.
Scope Summary - The two-level, 25,387 SF Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab is located within the east side of Memorial stadium. The lower level houses the Dynamic Space where athletes are observed in their regular performance environment including synthetic field turf, rubberized and hardwood flooring. Also included is a batting cage, a golf training area, a basketball/volleyball court, cardiovascular zone, running lane, locker rooms, and storage areas. The Collaborative Space on the upper level contains flexible lab and work areas that provide an environment for researchers, athletic trainers, coaches, clinicians, and industry partners to gather. These spaces include research and testing facilities, a biomarker laboratory, bone density scanner, and ultrasound. DLR Group provided architecture, engineering and interior design services.
In this video created by the Nebraska Huskers, we see how they conduct 3D motion capture analysis for the Nebraska Track and Field team at this new facility.
Here we see how the Nebraska Soccer team is using the new lab to optimize their testing, and max out their players' endurance performance.