Being physically active is one of the best things you can do for your body. And one sure way to do so is by exercising. While we advocate for engaging in physical activity to keep in shape, we can not overlook the risks involved if you go about it the wrong way. Many fitness enthusiasts… Read More
One of the most common questions from those considering running and those new to running is “what tips do you have for those just getting started?” I have been running since 1990 when I started training to join the British Army, although the Army showed me how much I had to learn! Although the Army… Read More
Sporting injuries can have a huge consequence on not just a person’s sporting and physical ventures, but also their professional life as well. The most worrying thing about injuries acquired through playing sports is that they can happen at any given time to any person – such is the nature of ‘freak injuries.’ Something can… Read More
The United Kingdom’s (UK’s) Ministry of Defence (MOD) spend a considerable sum on boots for its personnel across the three Services. Between 2004 and 2018, the MOD spent £211,110,250 on boots across four contracts. Between 2017 and 2022, the MOD will spend a further £59,400,000 across another three contracts. Reference FOI Request FOI2018/07154 dated 25 July 2018.
Research Paper Title The Effects of British Army Footwear on Ground Reaction Force and Temporal Parameters of British Army Foot-Drill. Background High rates of occupational training-related lower-limb musculoskeletal [MSK] overuse injuries are reported for British Army recruits during basic training. Foot-drill is a repetitive impact loading occupational activity and involves striking the ground violently with… Read More
Research Paper Title Influence of new military athletic footwear on the kinetics and kinematics of running in relation to army boots. Background Musculoskeletal (MSK) injuries in the lower extremities are common in military recruits. Army boots have frequently been cited as a potential mechanism behind these high injury rates. In response to this, the British… Read More
Running for British Army recruits commences in Week 7 with the outdoor training shoe (currently the Magnum Shoe Fitness Trainer). The speed of training runs are based on 75% maximum heart rate. The British Army no longer runs in boots as part of training activity. Reference FOI 2017/79625/05/01 dated 17 November 2017.