NIKE INVITES [NIKE RESEARCH LAB]
In this second installment of our Nike Invites series, we take a look at the Nike Sports Research Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility where both gear and athletes get put to the test.
Equipped with everything from an environmental chamber for weather-resistant testing, to a scanning room that records all of the intricacies of an athlete's body, the Research Lab looked and felt like the epicenter of Nike's performance universe. We were even let in on a few insider details, like that scanner data usually shows similarities in the bodies of different athletes of the same sport–information that is vital when making products that are specifically geared to players and their physical needs.
The motion testing area puts garments and footwear through non-stop action. That action and its effects on the gear is then studied closely. It's the only way that pieces like the Pro Combat Shield Mock really get inspired. Researchers note which areas require most durability, ventilation, dryness, etc.
Research Lab director, Matthew Nurse, was kind enough to give us a rundown of the facility's departments and what they actually do. Check him out as he tells us exactly how science makes its way into the products:
Next week we'll be taking a look at the pristine training facility and stomping grounds of the Oregon Ducks, an elite football squad with direct access to Nike's sports science universe.