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WATCH: Center for Human Performance Streamlines Sports Medicine Research Opportunities for Rice, Houston Methodist

March 20, 2024

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Houston Methodist and Rice University have joined forces to create a premier center where orthopedics and sports medicine physicians, academic researchers and university students work side by side with student athletes, trainers and coaches to advance research and education in human performance.

The Houston Methodist-Rice University Center for Human Performance facilitates joint research, clinical care initiatives and educational activities in exercise physiology, injury prevention and rehabilitation sciences.

"Researchers with the center will develop and test novel techniques to prevent, treat and recover from musculoskeletal injuries and diseases," said Dr. Patrick McCulloch, the John S. Dunn Chair of Orthopedics at Houston Methodist. "Ultimately, these efforts will have a huge benefit for our patients at Houston Methodist. High-performance athletes, older adults and everyone in between will have access to treatment that is informed by the cutting-edge research undertaken at the center."

The 6,000-square-foot Center for Human Performance, a collaboration between Houston Methodist's Department of Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, Rice Kinesiology and Rice Athletics, is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for advanced 3D motion capture, force-plate measurement, region-by-region quantification of bone density, metabolic analysis, cardiovascular screening and aerobic performance testing.

The center will support Rice student athletes by improving physical performance and providing on-campus clinical assessments, treatments and rehabilitation as well as educational and internship opportunities.

Click on the video above to learn more about the center and one of its first landmark studies exploring the benefits of blood-flow restriction for injury rehabilitation and prevention.

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