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

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

What is the Importance of Hip Musculature to Load Carriage Walking?

Research Paper Title Lower-limb joint work and power are modulated during load carriage based on load configuration and walking speed. Background Soldiers regularly transport loads weighing >20 kg at slow speeds for long durations. These tasks elicit high energetic costs through increased positive work generated by knee and ankle muscles, which may increase risk of muscular… Read More

Can Double Pack Loads Aid Posture?

Research Paper Title Effects of backpack and double pack loads on postural stability. Background Measurement of postural stability is crucial for identifying predictors of performance, determining the efficacy of physical training and rehabilitation techniques and evaluating and preventing injuries, particularly for heavy load carriage in hikers, mountain search and rescue personnel and soldiers. Methods This… Read More