About the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Lab
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The K-Lab, respectfully short for the Michael W. Krzyzewski Human Performance Research Laboratory at Duke Medical Center, is dedicated to the understanding and prevention of athletic injury.
The lab was opened in 1997 and the decision to name the lab in honor of Duke basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski was made. "To have this lab named for me is a huge honor," says Coach K. "I feel privileged to be a member of such a prestigious team. It's exciting what can be accomplished!"
Injury prevention is the next era in orthopaedic sports medicine research, and the K-Lab brings together a multidisciplinary team of orthopaedic surgeons, biomechanical engineers, kinesiologists, exercise physiologists, physical therapists, and athletic trainers, all working with state-of-the-art equipment. The research focus of the K-Lab is the preservation of long-term joint health through injury prevention and rehabilitation following injury.
The research done in the K-Lab has been presented at national and international meetings such as, the American Society of Biomechanics, the International Society of Biomechanics, Nike’s Global Research Symposium, and the American College of Sports Medicine.
On the back of the K-Lab t-shirt is written, "Studying the world's most complex machine." The K-Lab team is dedicated to studying injury prevention and is aware that in human performance, we are studying the most complex machine.
The K-Lab is uniquely situated in the Finch Yeager Building and has direct access to the Orthopaedic Sports Medicine faculty. It is an intricate part of Duke's world-class facility.