Get Marching in March

Military mental health charity Combat Stress is urging people to get behind its March in March event and walk ten miles to raise money for veterans. How and where participants complete the challenge is up to them – all they have to do is register online. Entry costs £20, though extra sponsorship is encouraged. The… Read More

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What is the Bismarck Relay Challenge?

What is the Relay? The Bismarck (4×4) Relay Challenge is a military endurance event, taking place over a 4-mile, off-road undulating route. Where & When Does It Take Place? In October 2019, it took place in the training area of Queen Elizabeth Barracks, North Yorkshire. Who Can Take Part? Members of both the Regular Army… Read More

Load Carriage & Step Length: Short or Preferred?

Research Paper Title Effects of Load Carriage and Step Length Manipulation on Achilles Tendon and Knee Loads. Background Longer steps with load carriage is common in shorter Soldiers when matching pace with taller Soldiers whereas shorter steps are hypothesised to reduce risk of injury with load carriage. The effects of load carriage with and without… Read More

What is the Effect of Loading in School Children?

Research Paper Title Effect of backpack loading on cervical and sagittal shoulder posture in standing and after dynamic activity in school going children. Background Adolescent age group as school going children who experience a period of accelerated growth and development of skeletal and soft tissue. Any daily physical stresses external forces such as load carrying… Read More

Is the Load Carriage Decision Aid (LCDA) an Improvement on other Aids?

Research Paper Title Metabolic Costs of Standing and Walking in Healthy Military-Age Adults: A Meta-regression. Background The Load Carriage Decision Aid (LCDA) is a US Army planning tool that predicts physiological responses of soldiers during different dismounted troop scenarios. The researchers aimed to develop an equation that calculates standing and walking metabolic rates in healthy… Read More

Does Primarily Hip-Borne Load Carriage Negatively Alter Joint Kinetics?

Research Paper Title Primarily hip-borne load carriage does not alter biomechanical risk factors for overuse injuries in soldiers. Background To determine the effects of different body armour types, carried loads, and walking speeds on trunk and lower-limb joint biomechanics. Within-subjects repeated measures to determine the effects of different body armour types, carried loads, and walking… Read More

Posture: Asymmetric Loads & Uneven Ground

Research Paper Title Carrying asymmetric loads while walking on an uneven surface. Background Individuals often carry asymmetric loads over challenging surfaces such as uneven or irregular terrain, which may require a higher demand for postural control than walking on an even surface. The purpose of this study was to assess postural stability in the medial-lateral… Read More