Applied Safety + Ergonomics

Sport Science Product Claims Testing

Sport Product Testing

Our sport science team works with manufacturers in the sport, fitness, and human performance industries to develop, validate, and innovate products through high-quality testing and research. Our experts have decades of experience in industry and academia providing comprehensive product testing and research services, and we are leaders in the development of quality standards for assessment of sport and wearable technologies.

We understand the athlete mindset, and we will work hand-in-glove with your team to develop responsive and timely solutions to meet your needs. Whether it is providing technical support of advertising claims, developing customized product testing protocols, or managing entire research programs, we appreciate your desire to advance human performance through innovative technology, and we are excited about helping you cross the finish line.


Our consultants help manufacturers develop products informed by science and research through a range of services, including:

  • • Proof of Concept: Gather data to inform product development or iteratively test potential product designs.
  • • Validation Testing: Develop custom testing protocols and provide independent third-party data to support product claims.
  • • Applied Research: Evaluate current product performance with real users and identify opportunities for innovation.
  • • Research Program Management: Operate as an extension of your R&D team to develop, coordinate, and execute research studies, including with third-party institutions.
  • • Technical Communication: Prepare technical communications about testing and research that are tuned to a range of audiences, from press releases to journal publications and conference presentations.
  • • Scientific Consultations: Develop an understanding of the current scientific landscape and industry trends.
  • • Product Safety and Usability: Conduct hazard analysis and risk assessment of the product, develop safety information and warnings, create and test instructions for use and care, and manage safety processes.
  • • Regulatory Guidance: Assess compliance with relevant standards and regulations, including North American and European medical and non-medical regulatory frameworks.

Products and Applications

We work with organizations ranging from small start-ups to large manufacturers, across a variety of products and applications, including:

  • • Athlete Performance Technology
  • • Digital Health and Fitness
  • • Fitness and Recreation Equipment
  • • Footwear and Apparel
  • • Nutritional Supplements
  • • Personal Mobility Devices
  • • Protective Gear
  • • Sporting Equipment
  • • Wearable Sensors
  • • Military and Tactical Athletes
  • • Occupational Health and Industrial Athletes
  • • Professional and Collegiate Sport
  • • Recreational Athletes
  • • Youth and High School Athletics


We are experts in technology quality assessment and validation, have extensive experience in industry and academia, and are actively engaged in human performance research. Our expertise includes:

  • • Biomechanics
  • • Biomedical Engineering
  • • Consumer Product Safety
  • • Electrical Engineering
  • • Exercise Physiology
  • • Human Factors
  • • Materials Science and Engineering
  • • Mechanical Engineering
  • • Medical Devices
  • • Occupational Safety and Industrial Ergonomics
  • • Sport Science
  • • Toxicology and Food Safety


Our world-class facilities and research services allow us to provide a one-stop solution for your research and testing needs.

Human Performance Lab

The Human Performance Lab (Atlanta, GA) includes 940 sq. ft of indoor testing space, an adjacent 430 sq. ft. observation and data processing area, and a wet testing area. The laboratory is equipped with a 10-camera optical motion capture system (Vicon), 6-DOF force plate (Bertec), wearable eye tracker (Tobii Pro Glasses), body harness and track, and changeable elevated flooring system. The lab is designed for biomechanical and behavioral analyses of human and animal motion, including dynamic sports movements, gait, slip/trip/fall, and occupational activities. Additionally, most equipment can be taken out of the lab to conduct in-field studies.

Usability Testing Laboratory

The Usability Laboratory (Philadelphia, PA) houses three separate usability suites, each equipped with wall-to-wall soundproofing, one-way mirrors, separate observation rooms, and discrete videotaping for analytical and observational safety and usability research studies.

Institutional Review Board

Our fully accredited Institutional Review Board (IRB) provides efficient and affordable ethics review for minimal-risk human subject studies.

Participant Recruitment

Our recruiting team provides human research participant recruitment and management tailored to unique product user profiles.


We are committed to exceeding our clients’ expectations and pride ourselves on offering technical services and expertise of the highest quality.

  • • Innovation: Create customized solutions for your product’s unique scientific needs.
  • • Efficiency: Work collaboratively with your team to bring together the right resources at the right time to deliver on schedule and budget.
  • • Quality: Provide research-quality data and analysis through state-of-the-art equipment and techniques.
  • • Clients First: Partner with you every step of the process to ensure complete satisfaction.
  • • Flexibility: Quickly adjust to project scope changes or new needs through our extensive resources and nimble organizational structure.
  • • Confidence: Offer trusted and discrete scientific advising, either as a standalone R&D team or in support of your internal resources.

Contact Us

For immediate inquiries or assistance please contact our Ann Arbor, Michigan office at
1.734.994.9400 or

Applied Safety and Ergonomics has been providing valuable analysis, insight, answers, training, data, and problem solving strategies in consultation and expert witness capacities to help clients make informed decisions since 1994.