Tactical Athlete Project


The mission of the TAP is to help tactical athletes maximize readiness through improved health and wellness, physical and technical performance, and equipment in order to succeed in complex, ever changing environments.

What is the Tactical Athlete Project?

The Tactical Athletic Project will bridge physiologic, clinician, and patient rated outcomes to

  • Develop protocols to reduce the number and severity of musculoskeletal injuries
  • Explore, develop, and deploy new strategies to prevent acute and overuse injury
  • Create patient-centered intervention programs to improve return to duty tempo
  • Reduce the long-term impact of musculoskeletal issues on our tactical athletes and
  • Improve the near-term and long-term quality of life of our tactical athletes

Tactical athletes include, but are not limited to 

  • Military Service Members across all branches
  • Public Safety Service Members including
    • fire
    • police
    • emergency medical service
    • special weapons and tactical (SWAT) units and
    • special response teams (SRT)
  • Corrections officers and
  • Department of Homeland Security Service Members including the
    • Coast Guard
    • Drug Enforcement Agency
    • Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms
    • United States Marshall’s Services, and
    • Federal Bureau of Investigation

How to Get Involved

The Tactical Athlete Project (TAP) serves as a center for collaboration between researchers and public or private agencies to further the development of new knowledge in health and wellness.  It works to improve resiliency and provide leadership through research, education, training, and implementation of new knowledge in order to better serve our Civil Servants, Warriors, and Veterans, their families, and the community.

If your organization is interested in collaborating with the NICER Lab, The TAP, or other researchers, please contact the NICER Director Dr. Kenneth Games