What is the Combined Effect of Cigarette Smoking & Fitness on Injury Risk in Military Recruits?

Research Paper Title The Combined Effect of Cigarette Smoking and Fitness on Injury Risk in Men and Women. Background Prior studies have identified cigarette smoking and low fitness as independent risk factors for injury; however, no studies have evaluated the combined effect of cigarette smoking and fitness on injury risk. Therefore the objective was to… Read More

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Linking Smoking & MSK Injuries in Basic Training

Research Paper Title Meta-analysis of Cigarette Smoking and Musculoskeletal Injuries in Military Training. Background Tobacco use is common among military personnel, as is musculoskeletal (MSK) injury during training. In a review of the literature on musculoskeletal injuries, there was mixed evidence on the role of smoking as a risk factor. The purpose of this study… Read More

5 Simple Ways to Maximise Your Brain Health

The Alzheimer’s Australia ‘Your Brain Matter’ programme provides a checklist to see if a person is taking steps to keep their brain healthy and reduce their risk of dementia. The five steps are: Step 1: Look after your heart: I have had my blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar (glucose) and weight checked in the last… Read More

Does Smoking Impair the Response to a Physical Training Regime?

Research Paper Title Smoking impairs the response to a physical training regime: a study of officer cadets. Abstract One hundred and sixty five officer cadets completed a 6 month physical training programme; 47 (28%) were smokers and 118 (72%) were not. Improvements in fitness were measured by the Army Personal Fitness Assessment (APFA) which scores… Read More

Appreciate Each Breath…

“‘Catch your breath quickly now, while you may,’ he stated. ‘Breath is the least appreciated gift of the gods. None sing hymns to it, praising the good air, breathed by king and beggar, master and dog alike. But, oh to be without it! Appreciate each breath, Rild, as though it were your last – for… Read More

Physical Activity: Prevalence Depends on Definition Used!

Research Paper Title Compliance with Different Physical Activity Recommendations and its Association with Socio-demographic Characteristics using an Objective Measure. Background In the past decades, several public health guidelines concerning physical activity have been published. This study evaluated compliance with various physical activity guidelines and examined the associations between meeting the guidelines and socio-demographic characteristics. Methods… Read More