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

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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

Are there Gender Differences in Energy Expenditure During Walking With Backpack and Double-Pack Loads?

Research Paper Title Gender Differences in Energy Expenditure During Walking With Backpack and Double-Pack Loads. Background Studies have reported that energy expenditure during walking with double-pack loads is lower compared with backpack carriage. However, the effect of gender on energy expenditure while walking with these two load distribution systems has not been investigated. Therefore, the… Read More

What is The Forces March?

The Forces March is a recreation of the an epic 135 mile World War 2 training march from Ilfracombe to Bulford. The march, which took place in 1942, was undertaken by men who would go on to spearhead the entire D-Day operations with the assault on Pegasus Bridge. The march is open to teams and… Read More

What are the Cardio-respiratory Responses to Heavy Load Carriage over Complex Terrain?

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

Performance: Practice Makes Better

Research Paper Title Effect of Practice on Performance and Pacing Strategies During an Exercise Circuit Involving Load Carriage. Background Pacing is critical for athletic endeavours, and the strategies used by athletes are often modified after practice. The importance of practice when completing occupational assessments has been established; however, the effect of load carriage and discrete… Read More