Human Performance Lab

Faculty of Kinesiology 

About the 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?  

  • 30 academic, adjunct and visiting professors
  • 30 postdoc scholars and research associates
  • 39 research assistants, admin and support staff
  • 116 PhD, MSc and visiting students

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

Biomechanic seminars

John Holash teaching

Seminar Schedule

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

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Join the webinar

Join weekly seminars online- Thursdays at 3 p.m. MT. Meeting ID: 934 7120 1444

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Watch past videos

Explore areas of research from past biomechanics seminars.

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

Ziad Abusara looking in microscope in HPL

Annual reports

2019 Annual Report and Highlights

2018 Annual Report and Highlights

1981 -2017 Annual Reports and Highlights are available in

the Taylor Family Digital Library.

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Research news

Explore our news section under the About tab. For articles prior to 2017, press the button below. 

Articles before 2017

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

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