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Information on surviving and performing in hot environments.


Information and awareness on policies, reports and guidelines for performing well in high altitude.


All services in the Department of Defense have personnel actively involved in diving operations. This section will address the issues of how to approach, manage and prevent diving illness and injuries.


Aviation manuals, training programs, and educational links across all branches of the military.


Gear has to be up to performance challenges if Warfighers are to be well-protected in their environments.


Information on surviving and performing in hot environments.


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Running: indoors or outdoors?
Learn about the pros and cons of running indoors versus running outdoors, especially now that colder weather is coming on.

Environment News

Get to know HPRC better
Learn about all the areas HPRC covers and what “human performance optimization” is.
Regaining a sense of touch
Prosthetic arms are becoming more sophisticated—improving the quality of life for individuals with missing upper limbs. The only thing lacking is a sense of touch, but perhaps not for long.
Is wicking apparel as “cool” as you think?
Clothing made from synthetic material is still popular in the sports apparel industry, with many manufacturers claiming that it improves heat regulation. That’s not what the science says, though.
Risks of activity at altitude
Altitude affects what your body needs and how it responds, especially when it comes to exercise.
Predicting acute mountain sickness
Scientists suggest how likely you are to experience altitude sickness while at elevation.

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