Our Mission

The mission of the Performance Optimization Laboratory (POL) is to help all people perform at their best.  Human performance optimization is translational across many populations and tissue (healthy, diseased, and injured) states.  Sport performance of athletes, mission performance of our nation’s warfighters, performing activities of daily living in older adults, and restoring and optimizing function to individuals’ post-injury are all examples of where human performance optimization is needed.  The Performance Optimization Laboratory accomplishes its mission from a biomechanical perspective primarily, but is highly interdisciplinary and utilizes techniques and approaches from related fields such as neuroscience and physiology.