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The primary purpose of the School of Health and Human Performance Research Laboratory (SHHPRL) is to incubate and implement interdisciplinary and collaborative research projects with students, faculty, and Great Lakes Sports Medicine Institute professionals. Further, the lab offers university- and community-wide exercise testing and training consultations; group exercise programming sessions; online sport and exercise coaching services at the local, regional, and national levels; and a concussion clinic. 

Lab activities are NMU student-focused and provide hands-on and applied experiences in the broad area of exercise and sport science. Evidence-based, best practice is what drives us!

COVID-19 Update

The SHHPRL is taking the necessary precautions to keep prospective clients and staff safe:

  1. All appointments must be made by email (  No walk-in appointments will be taken until further notice or until set hours are established.
  2. Face masks must be worn by all clients during lab visits.
  3. Clients should CANCEL appointments if they are feeling ill.

Hours - By Appointment

Schedule an appointment to meet with the Director of the SHHPRL and discuss exercise testing and training options, including potential consults with an exercise and sport science faculty member at NMU – specialties include sport and exercise nutrition, exercise physiology, biomechanics, sport psychology, outdoor recreation leadership management, health education, concussion management, and injury evaluation and care.

To request a free initial appointment for a consultation, email


The SHHPRL is located at 841 W. Washington Street in the Great Lakes Sports Medicine Institute, which also houses UP Rehabilitation Services, Perform4Life – Medical Fitness & Wellness Center, and Advanced Center for Orthopedics. Note, use the door to the left of the NMU/SHHPRL sign in the southeast corner of the building, facing the lake.


Services That We Offer

SHHPRL Services 

Price ($)

To start, contact the SHHPRL Director and set up a free consultation to choose an appropriate service(s) per your exercise goals and interests. 

VO2 testing (max/submax) 


VO2 testing (max/submax) + lactate threshold assessment 


VO2 testing (max/submax) + lactate threshold assessment + 1 hour exercise/sport training consult based on test results and your goal(s)


DEXA analysis – gold standard, percent body composition test for lean mass vs fat mass


1 hour, individual exercise consultation to start or maintain a regular fitness routine


Nutrition consultation 

cost varies per package; schedule a free consult with the SHHPRL Director to decide on a package

Dynamometry strength testing 


Fitness assessment 

100.00 (NMU Students 50.00)

Sport injury screen (e.g., hip, knee, ankle, wrist, elbow, shoulder)

150.00 or referral to Injury Evaluation & Care Clinic (IECC)

Sport psychology services 

75/hour (individual), $200/hour (team)

Biomechanics assessment walking/running gait analysis

cost varies; schedule a free consult with the SHHPRL Director to decide on the right analysis

One-on-one/Online endurance coaching for mountain biking and running (road, trail) 

Under development. Stay tuned.

Note, all proceeds go to Northern Michigan University and the School of Health & Human Performance to fund student research, hands-on curricular activities, and equipment replacement or new equipment for the SHHPRL.