Rice and Houston Methodist launch state-of-the art human performance center
Rice University and Houston Methodist teamed up to open the new Center for Human Performance this month.
Located in Rice’s Tudor Fieldhouse, just across the street from Houston Methodist's Texas Medical Center offices, the interdisciplinary space aims to advance the study of exercise physiology, injury prevention, and rehabilitation while serving Rice student athletes, according to a release from the university.
“The mission of the center is to enhance human physical performance for both patients and athletes through research, clinical and educational activities and a commitment to advancing technology,” Thomas Killian, dean of Rice's Wiess School of Natural Sciences, says. “The facility is new, but the partnership between its core members—the Department of Orthopedics at Houston Methodist, the Department of Kinesiology at Rice and Rice Athletics—is longstanding.”
The 6,000-square-foot refurbished center includes a state-of-the-art laboratory, clinical, and rehabilitation space. The labs feature innovative technologies that provide advanced 3D motion capture and measure for biometrics relating to bone density, cardiovascular health, aerobic performance, blood flow and more.
Rice vice president and director of athletics Tommy McClelland described the space as a "game-changer," and said he expects the center to help athletes return to play with more confidence after injury.Apart from sports, the Rice and Houston Methodist teams say the research done at the facility will also have impacts for older adults, people with disabilities and those seeking to advance their recovery times after injury or surgery.
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