Does Self-Reported Knee Pain Impact Physical Training Negatively in Conscripts?

Research Paper Title Self-Reported Knee Pain Does Not Impact Physical Training Negatively in Conscripts. Background Despite the great number of investigations on the effects of injuries during military service, there is limited information available on the use of self-reported instruments. This study evaluated self-reported knee pain (KP) and its effect on physical performance during military… Read More

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British Army to Introduce Gender & Age-neutral Fitness Tests

The British Army is to scrap fitness tests that make allowances based on gender and age and will introduce new “gender and age-neutral” physical assessments, the Ministry of Defence has said. The new physical employment standards tests, which will be rolled out during 2019, have the general aim of ensuring all close combat soldiers are… Read More

Linking Corrective Exercises, the Functional Movement Screen (FMS) & Physical Fitness Performance

Research Paper Title The Influence of Corrective Exercises on Functional Movement Screen and Physical Fitness Performance in Army ROTC Cadets. Background The Functional Movement Screen (FMS) is a tool designed to identify limitations between sections of the body during fundamental movements. However, there is limited evidence on the effectiveness of corrective exercises to improve FMS… Read More

A Historical Review & Analysis of US Army Physical Readiness Training & Assessment

Research Paper Title A Historical Review and Analysis of Army Physical Readiness Training and Assessment. Background The Combat Studies Institute is excited to publish this work on the history of physical readiness training in our Army by Dr. Whitfield B. East, a Professor in the Department of Physical Education at the United States Military Academy… Read More

Comparing Three Techniques of Measuring the Body Composition of Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets

Research Paper Title Body Composition of Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) Cadets: A Comparison Across Three Techniques of Measurement. Background Physical fitness is imperative for the Army Reserves Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets to be commissioned for active duty. This project compared the standard anthropometric assessment of ROTC cadets using tape measurement to body composition measurements using… Read More

Can a Technique-focused Training Programme Improve Performance on Annual Fitness Tests?

Research Paper Title Effects of technique-focused training in conjunction with physical readiness training on Army physical fitness test performance. Background The Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) is a semi-annual requirement. While conducting physical readiness training (PRT) is a requirement for all Soldiers, there is no requirement to train Soldiers on techniques that may help to… Read More

Does Improvement of Soldier Physical Fitness Prior to BCT Improve Soldiers’ Psychological Health Outcomes?

Research Paper Title Physical Fitness and Depressive Symptoms during Army Basic Combat Training Introduction Mental health-related problems are a significant cause of attrition during Basic Combat Training (BCT). Evidence in civilian populations suggests that physical fitness is associated with psychological benefits in civilians, but little is known about the association between physical fitness and psychological… Read More