Do Current Predictive Equations Underestimate the Metabolic Cost of Load Carriage by Military Personnel over Complex Terrain?

Research Paper Title Metabolic Costs of Military Load Carriage over Complex Terrain. Background Dismounted military operations often involve prolonged load carriage over complex terrain, which can result in excessive metabolic costs that can directly impair soldiers’ performance. Although estimating these demands is a critical interest for mission planning purposes, it is unclear whether existing estimation… Read More

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Can GPS be used to accurately track Energy Expenditure during a Load March?

Research Paper Title Complex Terrain Load Carriage Energy Expenditure Estimation Using Global Positioning System Devices. Background Military load carriage can cause extreme energy expenditure (EE) that is difficult to estimate due to complex terrain grades and surfaces. Global Positioning System (GPS) devices capture rapid changes in walking speed and terrain but the delayed respiratory response… Read More

5 Tips to Care for Your Feet During a Boot Camp

Introduction Boot camp trainings can last for hours that may involve a variety of demanding exercises to help build strength, fitness, and endurance. However, doing intense workouts your body isn’t used to can take an enormous toll on your body, especially your legs and feet. Start Slow One of the most intense and physically demanding… Read More

What are the Sex Differences in Neuromuscular Fatigability in Response to Load Carriage in the Field in British Army Recruits?

Research Paper Title Sex differences in neuromuscular fatigability in response to load carriage in the field in British Army recruits. Background Women are resistant to neuromuscular fatigue compared to men in response to a range of exercise tasks. The sex differences in the neuromuscular responses to load carriage have yet to be investigated. Prospective cohort… Read More

Predicting Tactical Performance Ability through Load-Enhanced Movement Quality Screening

Research Paper Title Load-Enhanced Movement Quality Screening and Tactical Athleticism: An Extension of Evidence. Background Military organisations use movement quality screening for prediction of injury risk and performance potential. Currently, evidence of an association between movement quality and performance is limited. Recent work has demonstrated that external loading strengthens the relationship between movement screens and… Read More

Does Wearing Combat Boots Cause Plantar Fasciitis?

Plantar Fasciitis & Combat Boots A common search phrase regarding plantar fasciitis is whether it can be caused by wearing combat boots. The Simple Answer No, not directly. The Longer Answer The general consensus has moved away from inflammation as the cause to microtears in the origin of the plantar fascia, leading to inflammation. With… Read More

Determining the Effect of Low Ambient Relative Humidity during Load Carriage

Research Paper Title The Effect of Low Ambient Relative Humidity on Physical Performance and Perceptual Responses during Load Carriage Background The study evaluated the effect of low ambient relative humidity on physical performance and perceptual responses during load carriage in a hot environment. Methods Ten heat-unacclimatised male subjects participated in three 130-min trials, during which… Read More