Primary Research Focus
The Munce lab performs high-impact, innovative sports science research that leads to practical applications on the playing field and in the clinic using diverse portfolio of athletic health and performance research, with a recent focus primarily on studying brain injury risk in football.
As concussions in football become more recognized, concerns continue to grow about the adverse effects of repetitive head impacts and sub-concussive brain trauma. Additionally, the long-term risk of brain injury resulting from football participation remain largely unknown.
This lab focuses its attention on youth football players, as nearly 70 percent of all participants in this sport are younger than high school age, and the developing brains of youth players may be more susceptible to traumatic injury. Because of those numbers, the lab aims to make scientific discoveries that can inform evidence-based recommendations intended to improve health and safety in youth football.
About the Munce Lab
Lab Projects and News
Youth Football Study
The youth football study investigates head impact exposure and neurologic function of middle school football players.
Neurologic Function of Collegiate Athletes Study
This study investigates the neurologic function among contact/collision sports and non-contact/collision sports in collegiate athletes.
MMA Brain Health & Performance Study
The MMA brain health and performance study investigates the neurologic function and head impact exposure of MMA fighters.
NeuroTracker Norms & Training Study
NeuroTracker is a cognitive training program designed to improve mental performance. This study investigates NeuroTracker performance (multiple object tracking) and NeuroTracker training.
Heat Tolerance and Concussion Study
The heat tolerance and concussion study investigates thermoregulation and heat tolerance in individuals who recently suffered a concussion.
Collegiate Basketball Readiness and Recovery Study
The collegiate basketball readiness and recovery study investigates the readiness and recovery of college basketball student-athletes.
Meet the Munce Lab Team
Daniel Poel, MS
Senior Sport Science Specialist
Daniel Poel creates, designs and conducts human subjects research in the Munce Lab. He recruits the subjects and collects data, and then analyzes and interprets the data before preparing and disseminating the findings.
Poel earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Dordt College, and then added a master’s degree in kinesiology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.