Jayhawk Athletic Performance Lab


A woman performs a squat with a barbell while two others are positioned on either side with a researcher in the background
a man running on a treadmill wearing a lap belt apparatus while a researcher tracks measurements on a computer
Five individuals with arms on each others shoulders are smiling in the Jayhawk Athletic Performance Lab

Our scope

Mission

To provide sport science research and information support to University and area sport teams, coaches and athletes.

Focus

To optimize high performance in athletic settings.

Vision

To create a sport performance-based research organization that goes beyond just benefiting the department, KU student-athletes, coaches, and athletic programs.
Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory logo - KU Jayhawk left aligned
Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance - University of Kansas logo with decorative design left-aligned

Collaborations & Services

  • Develop educational opportunities for KU students through internships and coursework;
  • Collaborate with KU departments and units;
  • Collaborate with other universities in the U.S. and abroad;
  • Collaborate with corporate partners;
  • Collaborate with secondary school systems across Kansas; and
  • Create educational opportunities via conferences, visiting professors or students.

Research Team

Damjana Cabarkapa
Damjana Cabarkapa
Graduate Research Assistant, Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory, 1st year Masters Student
Dimitrije Cabarkapa
Dimitrije Cabarkapa
Graduate Research Assistant, Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory, 4th year Doctoral Student
Gabe Downey
Gabe Downey
Director of Operations, Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory
Drake Eserhaut
Drake Eserhaut
Graduate Research Assistant, Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory, 1st year Doctoral Student
Kailin Hawkins
Kailin Hawkins
Research Volunteer, Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory, Exercise Science Student
Matthew Hermes
Matthew Hermes
Graduate Research Assistant, Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory, 4th year Doctoral Student
Gabriel Kavadas
Gabriel Kavadas
Graduate Research Assistant, Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory, 1st year Doctoral Student
Nico Philipp
Nico Philipp
Graduate Research Assistant, Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory, 1st year Doctoral Student
Daniel Yu
Daniel Yu
Research Assistant, Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory, 2nd year Masters Student

Advisory Board

Bob Alejo
Bob Alejo
JAPL Advisory board member
Andrea Hudy
Andrea Hudy
JAPL Advisory board member, Director of Sports Performance - Women's Basketball at UConn
Ramsey Nijem
Ramsey Nijem
JAPL Advisory board member
Mike Nitka
Mike Nitka
JAPL Advisory board member
John Wagle
John Wagle
JAPL Advisory board member

Opportunities for Students & Fellow Researchers

Students studying exercise science or exercise physiology at the University of Kansas are welcome to become members of the Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory research team. Bi-monthly meetings are held to discuss and evaluate ongoing and future projects and collaborations with all interested individuals. Student research activities range from assisting with data collection and analyses, to writing and presenting results at professional conferences, or developing projects of their own. In many cases, students help write scientific manuscripts for publication, or internal white papers designed to provide rapid feedback to coaches and athletes. Interested parties are always welcome to contact our lab to discuss collaborations or visitations.

  • Sport-specific training, techniques & data analytics (basketball, baseball, track and field, diving, football)
  • Motion capture system (motionomics, sport technique)
  • Resistance exercise (training methods, responses and adaptations)
  • Sprinting, stiffness, and yank (force analysis)
  • Accelerometry
  • Psycho-physiology
  • DARI markerless motion capture system
  • EliteForm & Bio-Pac data acquisition system
  • Large format force plates & multi-channel position transducers
  • ForceDeck force plate system
  • Noah basketball system
  • iHack Attack baseball pitching machine
  • Stalker ATS radar · Strive accelerometry system
  • A2P instrumented medicine ball
  • BioPac EMG system
  • Bertec 3-D force plate
  • Pro-Spot free weight system
  • High-speed camcorders
  • Woodway Force 3.0 Treadmill
  • Keiser pneumatic leg press
  • Batting cage, pitching lanes, radar gun & MLB Blast batting technology
  • Basketball court,
  • Electronic sprint/agility timing system
  • Video motion capture software
  • Tendo/FitroDyne dynamometers
  • Phlebotomy & salivary collection capabilities
  • Muscle biopsy & hormonal assay capabilities
  • Free weights, power racks, weight releasers & chain resistance

The Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory is part of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance. The Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance is studying the principles of peak athletic performance in order to transform human health and help all people to achieve their full potential. The Alliance is launching a unique public-private scientific collaboration with six research institutions:

The Wu Tsai Alliance - at the University of Kansas logo

  1. Stanford
  2. University of Oregon;
  3. University of Kansas;
  4. University of California, San Diego;
  5. Salk Institute; and
  6. Harvard Medical School with Boston’s Children Hospital.

The new Alliance brings together a team of scientists to study athletes of varying ages, genders, ethnicities, and abilities to discover the biological principles that govern optimum performance—from the molecular level to the whole body. By uncovering these principles and applying them to peak performance, injury prevention, and tissue repair, we can make optimal health more accessible to all people.

  • Sport-specific training, techniques & data analytics (basketball, baseball, track and field, diving, football)
  • Motion capture system (motionomics, sport technique)
  • Resistance exercise (training methods, responses and adaptations)
  • Sprinting, stiffness, and yank (force analysis)
  • Accelerometry
  • Psycho-physiology
  • DARI markerless motion capture system
  • EliteForm & Bio-Pac data acquisition system
  • Large format force plates & multi-channel position transducers
  • ForceDeck force plate system
  • Noah basketball system
  • iHack Attack baseball pitching machine
  • Stalker ATS radar · Strive accelerometry system
  • A2P instrumented medicine ball
  • BioPac EMG system
  • Bertec 3-D force plate
  • Pro-Spot free weight system
  • High-speed camcorders
  • Woodway Force 3.0 Treadmill
  • Keiser pneumatic leg press
  • Batting cage, pitching lanes, radar gun & MLB Blast batting technology
  • Basketball court,
  • Electronic sprint/agility timing system
  • Video motion capture software
  • Tendo/FitroDyne dynamometers
  • Phlebotomy & salivary collection capabilities
  • Muscle biopsy & hormonal assay capabilities
  • Free weights, power racks, weight releasers & chain resistance

The Jayhawk Athletic Performance Laboratory is part of the Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance. The Wu Tsai Human Performance Alliance is studying the principles of peak athletic performance in order to transform human health and help all people to achieve their full potential. The Alliance is launching a unique public-private scientific collaboration with six research institutions:

The Wu Tsai Alliance - at the University of Kansas logo

  1. Stanford
  2. University of Oregon;
  3. University of Kansas;
  4. University of California, San Diego;
  5. Salk Institute; and
  6. Harvard Medical School with Boston’s Children Hospital.

The new Alliance brings together a team of scientists to study athletes of varying ages, genders, ethnicities, and abilities to discover the biological principles that govern optimum performance—from the molecular level to the whole body. By uncovering these principles and applying them to peak performance, injury prevention, and tissue repair, we can make optimal health more accessible to all people.