Sanford’s National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance Works to Improve Sports Safety
Leading the Way in Research
Sanford’s National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance (NIAHP) serves as a trusted resource and recognized leader in conducting research, assessing athletes, providing the most current educational information, and developing guidelines and policy for safe and appropriate exercise, training, and sports participation.
The Institute is under the direction of Michael Bergeron, PhD, FACSM, internationally known for his research in exercise, heat stress and athletic health as well as his leadership in the sports medicine community.View our team.
We partner with athletic teams and sports medicine national governing bodies to develop participation guidelines designed to improve performance and maximize safety.
In addition to research, the NIAHP and Center for Youth Sports & Health is here to provide professional services for athletes and active individuals. Services include detailed physiological evaluations in a controlled environmental chamber, fitness testing, sport nutrition consults, and assessments on the athletic field, as well as presentations and seminars for teams and organizations. Learn more.
The institute is equipped with a 336-sq foot environmental chamber with the ability to regulate temperature (40-122°F) and humidity levels for testing athletes exercising in various environmental conditions. Individuals can be tested using a Viasys Vmax Encore 29 cardiopulmonary exercise testing system and various exercise equipment including treadmills and cycle ergometers, as well as a CompuTrainer stationary trainer, so that athletes can use their own competition cycle for fitness and performance evaluations.
Redefining Athletic Performance & Safety
It’s our goal to lead changes in how athletes at all levels perform, compete and play to improve performance and reduce injury risk and occurrence. If you or your team would like to learn more how we can be of service, contact us today.