Training Real Soldiers in a Synthetic Training Environment

The US Army is creating a virtual replica of the planet to drill troops in. The idea is that it will be so realistic that practising missions in virtual reality will be almost as good as the real thing. It could mean that US troops would be able to drop into a country like North Korea and already… Read More

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Hey, Can You Smell That…

Research Paper Title Olfaction as a soldier: a review of the physiology and its present and future use in the military. Abstract Olfaction is one of our 5 main qualitative sensory abilities. In this review, the researchers have examined the physiology of olfaction from the olfactory receptor to the brain. Through analysing the physiology of… Read More

What are the Haematological Adaptations to High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in Temperate & Hot Environments?

Research Paper Title Haematological Adaptations to High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) in Temperate and Hot Environments. Introduction Blood volume is one determinant of cardiorespiratory power and capacity, and is believed to play a role in health and disease. Blood volume, and its components – plasma volume (PV) and red cell volume (RCV) – increase modestly… Read More

What is the Physical & Psychological Effect of Body Armour in a Jungle Environment?

Research Paper Title Soldiers’ Perceived versus Actual Heat Strain in a Jungle Environment. Introduction Soldiers are regularly required to work in hot environments whilst wearing protective body armour (BA). However, BA is impermeable and decreases the torso surface area available for evaporative heat losses. Consequently, an elevation in body core temperature was observed with early… Read More

Load Carriage & Extreme Environments

Research Paper Title Moving in Extreme Environments: Extreme Loading; Carriage versus Distance. Abstract This review addresses human capacity for movement in the context of extreme loading and with it the combined effects of metabolic, biomechanical and gravitational stress on the human body. This topic encompasses extreme duration, as occurs in ultra-endurance competitions (e.g. adventure racing… Read More