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


Are Soldiers Carrying Loads in Excess of 15 kg for Prolonged Periods at greater Risk of knee MSI than those with Less Exposure?

Research Paper Title Tibiofemoral joint contact forces increase with load magnitude and walking speed but remain almost unchanged with different types of carried load. Background Musculoskeletal injuries (MSI) in the military reduce soldier capability and impose substantial costs. Characterising biomechanical surrogates of MSI during commonly performed military tasks (e.g., load carriage) is necessary for evaluating… Read More

What is the Effect of Backpack Load Placement on Physiological & Self-reported Measures of Exertion?

Research Paper Title The effect of backpack load placement on physiological and self-reported measures of exertion. Background Backpacks are the most popular way of carrying additional weight; however, it puts the body under physical stress and may cause discomfort. It may also increase oxygen demand and energy cost. Manipulation of load placement may relieve the… Read More

What are the Physiology & Biomechanics of Load Carriage Performance?

Research Paper Title The Physiology and Biomechanics of Load Carriage Performance. Background The weight that soldiers are required to carry in training and in combat has continually increased over the years. Changes in load carried or pace of activity will alter the physiological and biomechanical stress associated with the activity. Whether it is part of… Read More

Does Altering Compliance of a Load Carriage Device in the Medial-Lateral Direction Reduce Peak Forces While Walking?

Research Paper Title Altering Compliance of a Load Carriage Device in the Medial-Lateral Direction Reduces Peak Forces While Walking. Background Altering mechanical compliance in load carriage structures has shown to reduce metabolic cost and accelerative forces of carrying weight. Currently, modifications to load carriage structures have been primarily targeted at vertical motion of the carried… Read More

What is the Impact of Military Type Footwear & Load Carrying Workload on Postural Stability?

Research Paper Title Impact of military type footwear and load carrying workload on postural stability. Background Postural stability has been shown to be impacted by footwear and task performed. This study analysed the impact of two military footwear, standard boot (STB) and minimalist boot (MTB) on postural stability, before (PRE) and after (POST) a load… Read More

Pacing & Cardiorespiratory Demands while Carrying either Fighting or Approach Loads during Short Mixed Terrain Marches

Research Paper Title Cardiorespiratory responses to heavy military load carriage over complex terrain. Background This study examined complex terrain march performance and cardiorespiratory responses when carrying different Soldier loads. Methods Nine active duty military personnel (age, 21 ± 3 yr; height, 1.72 ± 0.07 m; body mass (BM), 83.4 ± 12.9 kg) attended two test… Read More