Benno Nigg lab

Human Performance Lab

Faculty of Kinesiology 

About the Human Performance Lab

The Human Performance Lab (HPL), was founded by Dr. Benno M. Nigg, PhD, in 1981. It is located within the Faculty of Kinesiology on UCalgary's main campus. The HPL is a multidisciplinary research centre that explores mobility and longevity. The lab is equipped with high tech and custom-made equipment to conduct research in anatomy, biology, biomechanics, motor control and physiology. We share knowledge with others to encourage a lifetime of active living. We explore a range of topics from the function of sport shoes to osteoarthritis - see more topics below. 

By the numbers

Who is currently working in the lab?  

  • 34 academic, adjunct and visiting professors
  • 18 postdoc scholars 
  • 25 research associates, research assistants and support staff
  • 50 PhD, MSc and visiting students

Benno Nigg among Calgary’s Top 7 Over 70 winners

Professor emeritus started school of human performance at the University of Calgary with support from the campus and Calgary community members

Benno Nigg, PhD

Our research topics

Mobility and longevity

Sport technique and performance

Muscle mechanics, control and balance

Bone integrity and exercise (osteoporosis)

Movement related injuries, their epidemiology and prevention


Ankle and knee joint mechanics

Orthotics, sport shoes and sport surfaces

Visual and psycho-motor movement control

Aging and skeletal muscle aerobic performance

Human Performance Lab seminars

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See the seminar schedule

We have weekly seminars. See the speakers and their areas of research.

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Join a webinar

Join weekly seminars online- Thursdays at 3 p.m. MT. Meeting ID: 977 0295 4725.

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Watch videos of seminars

Explore areas of research from past biomechanics seminars.

For information about the seminars or to be a presenter contact or

Ziad Abusara, HPL

Annual Reports

2023 annual report.

2022 annual report and brief highlights

2021 annual report and brief highlights

2020 annual report and brief highlights.

HPL annual reports and highlights between 1981 and 2019 are available electronically through the Taylor Family Digital Library collection here.


Learn more about the studies that are conducted in the lab and read articles about our research by exploring the researcher profiles

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Research news

Read our Kinesiology's news section to catch up on our latest research projects. 

Explore research articles

HPL location

The Human Performance Lab is located in the northwest part of the University of Calgary main campus within the Roger Jackson Centre for Health and Wellness. The Roger Jackson Centre is located in the Faculty of Kinesiology on the north side of the Kinesiology Complex in block B.


See the Faculty Members page to contact a researcher. 


Hourly: Lot 16

Day: Lot 10 & 11 ($8/day)


2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 1N4

For Human Performance Lab media articles prior to 2016, visit here

Kinesiology faculty and staff can use the HPL Sharepoint to book rooms in the lab and share documents.