NASM Research Institute at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
In 2006 the National Academy of Sports Medicine in partnership with the University of North Carolina established the NASM Research Institute at UNC (NASM-RI). In the pursuit of consistently delivering evidence-based health and fitness education, services, and solutions the NASM-RI and its staff perform new research on a variety of exercise interventions designed to improve human movement, health, and performance.
Research performed by the NASM-RI is presented at industry events and conferences, published in peer-reviewed journals, and utilized to develop education programs, application tools, and health, fitness, performance, and rehab solutions.
Research Focus areas:
- Rehabilitation/Corrective Exercise
- Special Populations
- Behavior Modification
Perform the research necessary to allow NASM to develop safe and effective health and fitness education and solutions to allow individuals to achieve their health and fitness goals.
The NASM-RI is responsible for scientifically investigating, researching and testing exercise interventions to continually support and develop the Optimum Performance Training model for fitness, performance, and rehabilitation.
The scientists of the NASM-RI perform research and systematic literature reviews that investigate the effectiveness of different exercise interventions on measured muscle activation, functional performance, injury risk, injury prevention, and movement patterns.
Research projects consist of, but are not limited to, examining the effects of exercise intervention on posture, muscle activation, functional performance, injury risk, injury prevention, the comparison of performance during different exercises, and various functional outcomes.
The NASM-RI is located on the campus of UNC at Chapel Hill within Fetzer Gymnasium.