U.S. hurdler Aries Merritt at work in the NSRL.
High-speed video cameras in the Motion Capture Lab collect video 1,000 times faster than a standard video camera.
3D foot scanners are used to generate data and insights about athletes' feet.
Scientists employ sports science visualization tools to generate 3D renderings of athletes in motion.
The NSRL manikin "Hal" is tested in an environmental chamber.
A physiology test is conducted in an NSRL environmental chamber.
An NSRL researcher prepares a physiology test in an environmental chamber.
The foundation of every shoe, foot lasts are made in the NSRL.
3D printing allows designers to experience their 2D designs in 3D for the first time.
Research conducted at the NSRL informs footwear innovation at Nike.
Researchers at the NSRL conduct an in-shoe pressure test.
Lab scientists focus on physiology, biomechanics, perception and athlete performance to inform product development.
The Nike Sport Research Lab (NSRL) is where athletes, scientists, engineers and designers converge to develop the key performance insights that drive Nike’s innovation. In the NSRL, the focus is on biomechanics, physiology, perception and athletic performance.
Scientists, engineers and designers work with elite athletes and state-of-the-art equipment such as 3D motion capture and environmental chambers to collect the data, analysis and insights that provide the foundation for innovative Nike product. For example, the aforementioned environmental chambers create atmospheres of extreme temperatures. Athletes are tested in these artificial environments, and the resulting data is used to better inform decisions made by Nike footwear and apparel designers.
Established in Exeter, N.H. in 1980, the NSRL is now housed in a 16,000-square-foot facility at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. A look at work performed in the lab provides an understanding of how tests and data gathering informs product creation.
With the use of environmental chambers, Nike physiologists are able to bring the heat of Rio de Janeiro or the frost of Sochi to Beaverton. Both athletes and the specially designed sweating mannequin known as “Hal” (a life-sized anatomical model) are tested in these chambers, allowing Nike physiologists to conduct critical thermoregulation research. The goal of this research is to create footwear and apparel solutions that lower an athlete’s body temperature and reduce his or her energy expenditure, thereby allowing him or her to train longer and harder.
Biomechanics are also a critical area of study at the NSRL. One way Nike scientists can measure the body’s movement is with a sports science visualization tool. This tool generates a 3D rendering of an athlete in motion, delivering key data and insights that inform designer decisions.
The newly updated Motion Capture Lab provides an alternative way for NSRL scientists to study the body in motion. High-speed video cameras collect video at upwards of 30,000 hertz, which is 1,000 times that of standard video cameras. This state-of-the-art technology enables Nike scientists to understand at a microscopic level how a shoe is performing for an athlete.
15 years since its initial release, the legendary Air Force One Linen returns this week.
15 years since its initial release, the legendary Air For...
The new agreement will run from 2018 until 2026.
Army Black Knights will wear the new “paratrooper” look on December 10.
Army Black Knights will wear the new “paratrooper” look o...
Inspired by the merging of ocean and land in Rio de Janeiro, the new NikeLab Air Zoom Legend x RT brings elements of Nike's past experimentation in boots into a new Chelsea boot.
Inspired by the merging of ocean and land in Rio de Janei...
This is a special Nike Zoom LeBron Soldier 10 PE for LeBron James.
This is a throwback-inspired KYRIE 2 PE for Kyrie Irving.
This white Nike Kobe A.D. PE is designed for DeMar DeRozan.
For the third year in a row, the Diamond Quest begins with all four schools in the College Football Playoff wearing Nike uniforms.
For the third year in a row, the Diamond Quest begins wit...
A closer look at Nike's "New York Made" campaign including a new Nike Soho store, an artist-designed basketball court and more.
A closer look at Nike's "New York Made" campaign includin...
NIKELAB CHI opens on December 1.
The Nike Detroit Community Store’s inaugural grant benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Southeastern Michigan and more.
The Nike Detroit Community Store’s inaugural grant benefi...
Jordan Brand honors the 20th anniversary of Space Jam with the launch of DEFY, new take on the classic story to inspire a new generation to defy expectations.
Jordan Brand honors the 20th anniversary of Space Jam wit...
The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 in Black/White-Blue Lagoon releases December 1.
The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 in Black/White-Blue Lagoon releas...
NikeLab MA5 opens in Minami Aoyama, Tokyo on December 1.
Tiger Woods will lace up a new signature shoe when he returns to the course this week.
Tiger Woods will lace up a new signature shoe when he ret...