Human Performance Laboratory


The U.S. Air Force Academy's Human Performance Laboratory applies sports science principles to improve Academy athletic teams and individual cadet performance. Coaches, cadet athletes, and cadets receive specific physiological information by way of testing, research, training and education.

The Performance Lab also provides matter expertise on the Air Force fitness program and human performance, offering scientific data through research and exercise science principles. As a result, the HPL offers a venue for cadet researchers and qualified exercise physiology interns to complete independent study research in the fields of exercise physiology, biology, biochemistry and biomechanics.

The HPL tests and trains more than 2,000 cadets and approximately 200 faculty, staff and active duty members annually. Throughout the year the HPL will host more than 150 high schools, college universities, elite athletes, professional sport teams, Special Operation Forces, and military personnel from all over the world for tours and education on all that we provide at USAFA.

Services Offered

  • Testing
    • Dual Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry Testing
    • Resting Metabolic Rate
    • Maximal Aerobic Capacity (VO2max testing)
    • Anaerobic Endurance
    • Maximal Anaerobic Power (Wingate testing)
    • Blood Lactate Threshold Testing
  • Training
    • Sports Vision Training
    • Hyperoxic Training
Contact Information

Location: In the Cadet Gym on the Air Force Academy
2168 Field House Drive
USAF Academy, CO 80840
Phone: (719)333-4188 or 7704
Call, email, or stop by and we can answer any questions or schedule any tests/activities

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