Cardiorespiratory Responses to Load Carriage: Compact Mode vs Distributed Mode

Research Paper Title Effect of heavy load carriage on cardiorespiratory responses with varying gradients and modes of carriage. Background The present study was undertaken to determine the effect of different uphill and downhill gradients on cardiorespiratory and metabolic responses of soldiers while carrying heavy military loads in two different modes. Methods Eight physically fit male… Read More


Can We Gain Improvements to Load Carriage Ergonomics when using a Composite Anatomical Strap?

Research Paper Title Effects of an improved biomechanical backpack strap design on load transfer to the shoulder soft tissues. Background The aim of the present study was to characterise shoulder strap structure and mechanical properties that may alleviate strains and stresses in the soft tissues of the shoulder. Methods Utilising a finite element model of… Read More

Can We Develop a Statistical Prediction for Quantifying Physical Exposures from Load Carriage?

Research Paper Title Statistical prediction of load carriage mode and magnitude from inertial sensor derived gait kinematics. Background Load carriage induces systematic alterations in gait patterns and pelvic-thoracic coordination. Leveraging this information, the objective of this study was to develop and assess a statistical prediction algorithm that uses body-worn inertial sensor data for classifying load… Read More

Historical, Physiological, Biomechanical, and Medical Aspects of Soldier Load Carriage

Research Paper Title Soldier load carriage: historical, physiological, biomechanical, and medical aspects. Abstract This study reviews historical and biomedical aspects of soldier load carriage. Before the 18th century, foot soldiers seldom carried more than 15 kg while on the march, but loads have progressively risen since then. This load increase is presumably due to the… Read More

What is the Impact of Load Carriage on Measures of Power & Agility in Tactical Occupations?

Research Paper Title The Impact of Load Carriage on Measures of Power and Agility in Tactical Occupations: A Critical Review. Background The current literature suggests that load carriage can impact on a tactical officer’s mobility, and that survival in the field may rely on the officer’s mobility. The ability for humans to generate power and… Read More

Will Carrying a Load Increase the Likelihood of Slip Initiation and the Slip Severity?

Research Paper Title Effect of load carrying on required coefficient of friction. Background A load carrying task was identified as a major factor leading to slip and fall injuries such as overexertion and bodily reaction. Holding a load in front of the body while walking would shift the whole body centre-of-mass to the front, loading… Read More

Does Inspiratory Muscle Training Improve Exercise Capacity with Thoracic Load Carriage?

Research Paper Title Inspiratory muscle training improves exercise capacity with thoracic load carriage. Background Thoracic load carriage (LC) exercise impairs exercise performance compared to unloaded exercise, partially due to impaired respiratory mechanics. The researchers investigated the effects of LC on exercise and diaphragmatic fatigue in a constant-load exercise task; and whether inspiratory muscle training (IMT)… Read More