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 You Predict Ground Reaction Force from a Hip-Borne Accelerometer during Load Carriage?

Research Paper Title Predicting Ground Reaction Force from a Hip-Borne Accelerometer during Load Carriage. Background Ground reaction forces (GRF) during load carriage differ from unloaded walking. Methods to quantify peak vertical GRF (pGRFvert) of Soldiers walking with loads outside of a laboratory are needed to study GRF during operationally relevant tasks. Therefore, the purpose of… Read More

British Army PTI’s learn new Role Fitness Tests

The British Army’s Physical Training Instructors (PTI’s) have experienced the new Role Fitness Test (Soldier) for the first time. The Army’s fitness experts attended a gruelling training session at The Armour Centre, in Bovington, in early March, where they faced the new Physical Employment Standards (PES) that they will deliver from April 01 2019 to… Read More

Marathons: Athletes vs. Para’s!

In the 2015 London marathon, times to complete the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course varied depending on whether the runners were elite or non-elite: Elite Men: 2:04:29 by Wilson Kipsang in 2014. 2:03:05 by Eliud Kipchoge in 2016 Elite Women: 2:15:25 by Paula Radcliffe in 2003. Non-Elite: Finishing with a time of between two and… Read More

Marathons: Athletes vs. Commandos!

In the 2015 London marathon, times to complete the 26.2 mile (42.16 km) course varied depending on whether the runners were elite or non-elite: Elite Men: 2:04:29 by Wilson Kipsang in 2014. 2:03:05 by Eliud Kipchoge in 2016 Elite Women: 2:15:25 by Paula Radcliffe in 2003. Non-Elite: Finishing with a time of between two and… Read More

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

Military Boots: Cushioning, Comfort & Ground Reaction Force

Research Paper Title Shock attenuation characteristics of three different military boots during gait. Background Musculoskeletal injuries are related to the cushioning properties of boots in military populations. This study aimed to compare ground reaction force (GRF) and subjective perceived comfort from two different military boots supplied by the Brazilian Army with a commercial boot. Methods… Read More