Smoking & Basic Training: Does It Have a Negative Impact on Physical Training?

Research Paper Title Smoking and Biochemical, Performance, and Muscle Adaptation to Military Training. Background To determine whether physical performance adaptation is impaired in smokers during early stages of military training and to examine some of the putative mechanistic candidates that could explain any impairment. Methods The researchers examined measures of oxidative stress (malondialdehyde [MDA], lipid… Read More

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Thinking of Joining a Bootcamp without Physical Training? Think Again

It is generally believed that a bootcamp applicant is likely to sustain a few injuries during the course of basic training. And while injuries during basic training are common, they are often the consequence of a lack of preparation prior to basic training. However, this article would not hold much value if we simply told… Read More

Can Basic Training Contraceptive Policy Influence Contraception Use Among Junior Enlisted Servicewomen?

Research Paper Title Influence of military contraceptive policy changes on contraception use and childbirth rates among new recruits. Background Unplanned pregnancy is a common problem among United States servicewomen. Variation among service branches in contraceptive education and access during initial training is associated with differences in contraceptive use and childbirth rates despite access to a… Read More

What is the Effect of Infantry Training & Sex on Musculoskeletal Injury Incidence during British Army Basic Training?

Research Paper Title Understanding the musculoskeletal injury risk of women in combat: the effect of infantry training and sex on musculoskeletal injury incidence during British Army basic training. Background Until recently, women were excluded from British combat roles. Their risk for musculoskeletal injury during basic training is two to three times higher than men. To… Read More

Caffeine as a Fat Burner: Does it Work?

If you are in the process of getting ready for boot camp, you may find yourself trying to quickly burn fat and get into shape. Boot camp is physically, mentally, and emotionally intense; the better shape you are in before going into boot camp, the better. Branches of the military all have strict guidelines when… Read More

Preparing for Basic Training: Calisthenics and Other Tips

Preparing for basic training is not something you should take lightly. In the months leading up to basic training, you want to begin preparing yourself – mentally, physically, and emotionally. Basic training is meant to prepare you to serve in the military, so it is no wonder that it is so intense. Careful preparation beforehand… Read More

Is a a High BMI associated with Heat-Related Illnesses among Conscripts undergoing Basic Training in Thailand?

Research Paper Title Personal risk factors associated with heat-related illness among new conscripts undergoing basic training in Thailand. Background Cases of exertional heat stroke have been reported every year during basic training for Royal Thai Army (RTA) conscripts. Prevention is an important strategy to reduce the incidence of heat-related illnesses. The researchers conducted a study… Read More