Pectoralis Major Rupture & the Royal Marines Tarzan Assault Course

Research Paper Title Case series of pectoralis major rupture requiring operative intervention sustained on the Royal Marines ‘Tarzan’ assault course. Abstract The authors present (with intra-operative imaging) four patients who sustained pectoralis major (PM) ruptures on the same piece of equipment of the ‘Tarzan’ assault course at the Commando Training Centre, Royal Marines (CTCRM). Recruits… Read More

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Reviewing Ambulatory Physical Activity during the Initial Training Phase in a Naval Commando Unit

Research Paper Title Ambulatory physical activity during the initial training phase in a Naval Commando Unit. Background There is a positive correlation between the volume of physical activity performed and the incidence of lower extremity overuse injuries. Difficulty in evaluating the amount of activity in which highly specialised military units are engaged has prevented the… Read More

Is the Rope-Climbing Test (RCT) a Valid Specific Field Test of Upper-Body Power for Commandos?

Research Paper Title Five-meter rope-climbing: a commando-specific power test of the upper limbs. Background The purpose of this study was to examine the concurrent validity and absolute and relative reliabilities of a commando-specific power test. The participants included 21 anti-terrorism commandos. Methods All participants were assessed on a 5-m rope-climbing test (RCT) and the following… Read More

Medical Considerations in Jungle Warfare Training

Research Paper Title Medical particularities during prolonged demanding activity in a tropical forest. Experience of the tropical forest training center (French Guyana). Background A tropical forest is a hostile environment for humans. The military physician supporting these immersion activities must cope with varied clinical situations with limited resources to reduce operational unavailability. This article reports… Read More

What is the External Responsiveness & Intrasession Reliability of the Rope-Climbing Test?

Research Paper Title External Responsiveness and Intrasession Reliability of the Rope-Climbing Test. Background Although the rope-climbing test (RCT) has been validated for upper-body power assessment of Commando soldiers, the external responsiveness and intrasession reliability of the RCT have not been reported. Methods To examine RCT external responsiveness and intrasession reliability, this study consisted of 2… Read More

Marathons: Athletes vs. Commandos!

In the 2015 London marathon, times to complete the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course varied depending on whether the runners were elite or non-elite: Elite Men: 2:04:29 by Wilson Kipsang in 2014. 2:03:05 by Eliud Kipchoge in 2016 Elite Women: 2:15:25 by Paula Radcliffe in 2003. Non-Elite: Finishing with a time of between two and… Read More

200 Metres: Athletes vs. Commandos!

In 2017, the qualification standard for British athletes for the 200 metres was set at: 21.35 seconds for men; and 24.70 seconds for women. For military personnel attending the Royal Marines Recruit Course, the Royal Marines Young Officer Course, and the All Arms Commando Course, the qualification standard for the 200 metres was set at:… Read More