Under the direction of Jack Ransone, PhD, ATC, FACSM, the Nebraska Athletic Performance Laboratory positions Nebraska as a leader in research on student-athlete performance, safety, long-term health and well-being. The NAPL team draws together researchers with diverse areas of expertise, including biomechanics, computer sciences, endocrinology, engineering, ergonomics, exercise physiology, nutrition, physical rehabilitation, psychology, sports science, and vision. Researchers collaborate with Nebraska Athletic coaches and staff, as well as colleagues from around the world to address areas that are critical to athletes and society.

NAPL’s broad research agenda includes investigating the impact of training techniques, therapeutic interventions, and nutrition on performance and recovery, assessing the biomechanical impact of performance on the athlete’s body, harnessing biomarkers in saliva and blood to guide training, developing technologies to reduce injury and improve performance, and identifying and reducing factors that lead to injuries and chronic conditions later in an athlete’s life. While the research addresses primarily collegiate athletes, the novel technologies and interventions that evolve are expected to impact the lives of athletes across the ability and age spectrum.




Frontal plane comparison between drop jump and vertical jump: Implications for the assessment of ACL risk of injury, Guilherme Manna Cesar, Curtis L. Tomasevicz, and Judith M. Burnfield


Examining the Reliability, Validity and Factor Structure of the DRS-15 with College Athletes, Leilani Madrigal, Diane L. Gill, and Kent Eskridge


Preliminary results on organization on the court, physical and technical performance of Brazilian professional futsal players: comparison between friendly pre-season and official match, Luiz Henrique Palucci Vieira, Sera N. Doğramaci, Ricardo Augusto Barbieri, Fabio Milioni, Felipe Arruda Moura, Vitor Luiz de Andrade, Guilherme Manna Cesar, and Paulo Roberto Pereira Santiago



Misrepresentation of carbohydrate for exercise: ‘It is time to bust the myth of physical inactivity and obesity: you cannot outrun a bad diet’, Patrick B. Wilson


Glucose-fructose likely improves gastrointestinal comfort and endurance running performance relative to glucose-only, P. B. Wilson and S. J, Ingraham



National Athletic Trainers’ Association Position Statement: Evaluation of Dietary Supplements for Performance Nutrition, Jackie L. Buell, Rob Franks, Jack Ransone, Michael E. Powers, Kathleen M. Laquale, and Amanda Carlson-Phillips