It is a brand new facility located in the expanded East Memorial Stadium.
It will feature the best of equipment, the highest of technology as well as researchers from a wide-range of disciplines all in an effort to improve athletic performance and avoid injury, both short-term and long-term.
It is the Nebraska Athletic Performance Lab.
The lab, part of the $63.5 million East Stadium expansion, will work to enhance athletic performance and reduce injury.
Director Judy Burnfield says the lab will have a big impact on student-athletes.
“We know that our athletes are with us for just a small sliver of their life, four years. The reality is, we want to set them up for a successful life well beyond when they leave the walls of this institution,” Burnfield says.
The work performed and the research done will extend beyond just the 600-plus Huskers on the Lincoln campus. The lab will benefit athletes of all ages and throughout the region, perhaps the nation.
Burnfield is putting together a team of researchers from a wide range of disciplines. The lab features cutting-edge technologies that will monitor athletes, study their movement, and test innovations.
The lab will coordinate work with Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, where Burnfield remains director of the Institute for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering.
“There are principles that we can apply from the work we’ve done there to the athletes here, but also from the work we’ll do with the athletes here into the Madonna rehabilitation environment,” according to Burnfield.
Burnfield says the lab will study the student-athlete not only while they attend the University of Nebraska, but as they age. She says science will drive what the lab does.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:50]